Coeur d’Alene disaster dogs called in to help avalanche rescue

Idaho Disaster Dogs, seen here in this photo from a past training, called in to help with avalanche
Idaho Disaster Dogs based in Coeur d'Alene were called in to help with an avalanche rescue at Silver Mountain. This photo is from a past training at Silver.

KELLOGG, Idaho – Several disaster dogs based with the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department were called in to help with an avalanche rescue Tuesday at the Silver Mountain Ski Resort.

Three dogs, including Murphy and Duke, are part of the urban search and rescue team and affiliated with Idaho Disaster Dogs, a network of dogs that aid in search and rescue. They work with a task force certified by FEMA, which has been called to rescues like the Oso, Washington mudslide in 2014 and to Hawaii for Hurricane Lane.

The three handlers who were also sent over are Coeur d’Alene firefighters. There are five k9 teams within the department, including a puppy that joined the team last fall.

Their job is to help in the search for people trapped in manmade or natural disasters. The team typically trains each year with the Silver Mountain ski patrol.

Coeur d’Alene Assistant Fire Chief Tom Grief said he knew the teams were taken by snowmobile to help with the rescue efforts. It’s not clear if they played a role in the actual rescue.

You can learn more about the dogs and their role in search and rescue at this link.