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Mar 16, 2011 9:19 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local search dogs aiding rescue efforts in Japan

We have new video tonight of some local firefighters and their search dogs, helping out in japan. Those firefighters and their search dogs are combing through wreckage in Ofunato City. That's on the northeast coast of Japan.

Three Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived this weekend at Misawa Air Base. The group is with their search dogs and other rescue teams from Southern California. They have been working out of a gymnasium, batttling snow and freezing temperatures. The dogs are trained to find anyone alive beneath the rubble.

"If they find a live human scent under rocks or any other type of debris, they will stay and bark to let us know that they found something," said Jennifer Massey, a rescue worker.

The firefighters from Santa Barbara County are part of California Task Force Two. Their dogs are from the Search Dog Foundation. The organization trains and donates search dogs to fire departments nationwide.

The National Search Dog Foundation also sent rescue teams to Haiti after the earthquake there. The organization plans to train another 21 teams this year in preparation for the next disaster.

For more information on the local chapter of the search dog organization, click here.

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