USAR K9’s Respond to Gatlinburg

Six canines and their handlers head to wildfire destruction

YOLANDA JONES, The Commercial Appeal

The K-9 unit with Tennessee Task Force I deployed Tuesday morning to Gatlinburg to help with search and rescue as a wildfire raged displacing thousands of people and damaging hundreds of structures.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said six canines and their handlers left Memphis headed to Gatlinburg around 2 or 3 a.m.

“They wanted to help with search and rescue,” Cooke said. “They volunteered their services.”

Tennessee Task Force I, a FEMA urban search and rescue response team, deploys often to help with disasters including hurricanes and fires.

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The wildfires in the Gatlinburg area have destroyed hundreds of structures and more than 14,000 people have been evacuated from the area, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Tuesday morning.

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Six canines and their handlers head to wildfire destruction YOLANDA JONES, The Commercial Appeal The K-9 unit with Tennessee Task Force I deployed Tuesday morning to Gatlinburg to help with search and rescue as a wildfire raged displacing thousands of people and damaging hundreds of structures. Memphis Fire Department spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said six […]

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