Valley rescue dogs, firefighters return home after mudslide deployment

PHOENIX - Two Phoenix firefighters and two trained canines are back home Tuesday night after 20 days spent assisting rescuers in the wake of a devastating mudslide in Washington state.

The black labs, Booter and Rogue, joined Phoenix Fire Department Captain John Dean and Engineer Tim Steckler on April 3 to help out with search and recovery operations after a March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County killed at least 41 people. Two people are still missing.

The Arizona Task Force One team was mobilized and certified as part of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces and is one of only 200 teams in the country.

The dogs are able to find victims and tell rescuers where they located the strongest scents with focused barks and are considered highly specialized. 

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