Search and Rescue training

Rod Johnson and Jay Prosser, K9 handlers with the Detectives’ Bureau of the McKean County District Attorney’s office and members of the McKean County Special Operations Dive Team are with K9 “Izzy” during a search and rescue training held Sept. 20 at Mystic Waters.

Local search and rescue members participated in a training held at Mystic Waters on Sept. 20.

A diver with the search and rescue team placed an object in the water and the K9s were given the opportunity to locate the object based on scent. Underwater video cameras were also tested. Each K9 in the training detected the object.

K9 Izzy and other search and rescue dogs working out of the district attorney’s office are available to assist law enforcement in McKean County and neighboring counties. They recently assisted on a call for a missing juvenile. Area law enforcement can call in the dogs by contacting McKean County 911 center. The types of calls that would benefit from the K9s are any call in which a person is missing; a missing child, fleeing suspect, missing survivors of a crash or search for deceased person.

Participants included Rod Johnson and Jay Prosser, K9 handlers with the McKean County District Attorney’s office and members of the McKean County special operations dive team. Izzy, a K9, was also included in the training. Other participants were the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department Canine search and recovery, the McKean county special operations dive team and McKean County emergency management services.