June 20, 2012
Aggregate Industries US (AIUS), a member of the Holcim Group, and Massachusetts Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team (MA-TF 1 US&R) hosted what is known as a FEMA Canine Certification. According to AIUS, the event was held June 9 and 10, 2012, at its K-9 Testing Facility in Littleton, Mass. Rescue dogs and their handlers underwent rigorous testing, including a search for volunteer human “survivors” under piles of rubble.
“We’re pleased and excited that Massachusetts Task Force 1 has selected Aggregate Industries to host the certification for the second time,” Bernard Terver, president and CEO of Aggregate Industries US, said in a press release. “FEMA, MA-TF 1, and the rescue dogs do an incredible job and perform an indispensable service to both our nation and the world. We’re thrilled to support FEMA’s crucial work and look forward to the event.”
AIUS built the Littleton K-9 Testing Facility in 2010 when the company first hosted the event. The course includes specially designed rubble piles to replicate situations where dogs must locate buried survivors. A realistic course like the one at AIUS is crucial to prepare the teams for emergencies where recovery is often a matter of life and death.
For more on this, see the August 2012 print edition or digital issue (www.aggman.com/digital) next month.