Thursday, October 28, 2010
Search and rescue teams train
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County was chosen again this year as the right place to train K-9 search and rescue teams and their dogs.
About 80 individuals participated in the Network of Canine Detection Services training recently in Holly Springs, at Wall Doxey State Park, at the Marshall County Fairgrounds and elsewhere.
The main headquarters of NOCDS is located in DeSoto County but for many years the site for training search and rescue teams has been Marshall County, thanks to the supportive community, said D.J. Beddow, of Ft. Myers, Florida, who assisted local trainer Gwenda Hancock in putting on the week-long session.
Some training certifications included track/trail, missing children, water search and rescue and disaster recovery, she said. Teams enjoyed eating at local restaurants and spending nights at Wall Doxey State Park where they either tented, rented cabins or camped out in their RVs.
“The town is very supportive and businesses allow us to use vacant buildings and open fields for training the last 14 or 15 years,” Beddow said.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is also a partner in the training effort and has three K-9 officers, according to deputy C.W. Muller.
“We have one narcotics, one patrol, and one bomb-sniffing dog,” he said.
Hundreds of dogs and their handlers have been trained by NOCDS over the years and have made an impact in their communities, said Beddow.
“I think it sounds dorky but this saves lives with what they teach here and what we take back,” Beddow said. “People from all over come here to train.”
Some states that have been represented in recent NOCDS training sessions include Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, and South and North Carolina.
“We are making an impact nationwide,” she said.
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