Map courtesy of Saline County

Saline County

Residents of the Gypsum and Kipp area can expect to see unusual activity this weekend as agencies across Kansas plan to conduct a joint training exercise for themselves and their four-legged counterparts.

Working dogs and horses are often used in search, rescue and recovery operations, but have varying levels of comfort around each other. K-9 teams will be paired with mounted patrol units to give these animals and their handlers the opportunity to train side-by-side in a controlled environment.

“The primary focus of the training is to practice integrating K-9 assets with local first responders and demonstrating their capabilities in a realistic environment before an actual incident occurs,” said Wade Waddle, master. -dog and firefighter from Saline County Rural Fire District No. 1. “K-9 and mounted units are great tools, and we’re excited to team up and refine processes for quick searches of large areas for missing and lost people.”

Members of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office Horse Patrol Team, Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association, Tallgrass Search and Recovery, Great Plains Search and Rescue K-9s and Fire District Rural of Saline County No. 1, as well as various volunteers, will take part in the exercise.