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BART going to the dogs? Search drill at PH station

By dcuff
Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 4:50 pm in BART, Security.

The Pleasant Hill BART station will have some unusual four-legged visitors Monday night: search and rescue dogs practicing their skills in a drill.With BART’s blessing, seven dogs from the California Rescue Dog Association will be pounding and sniffing the pavement in a training session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

BART makes a good training site because sometimes search crews will look for a missing person with dimentia at train stations. Plus, the train stations and their noise offer a good test grounds to perform with distractions.

The dogs won’t enter trains, but they will be seen scampering up staircases and searching platforms, said Greg Slavit, a training group leader with the nonprofit rescue dog association.   

 

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