Mission Stories

Train for the worst. Hope for the best.

NDSD handlers and their canine teammates travel to major disaster scenes, each time wondering what unique challenges they will face there. Read on to learn more about some of our major deployments.

  • Oklahoma City Bombing, 1995
  • Bruce and Hunter face their first large-scale disaster.


  • KAL Airliner Crash, 1997
  • La Fond Davis discusses the difficulty of searching in high heat, high humidity and deep mud.

  • Oklahoma Tornado, 1999
  • La Fond Davis and Sunny look for the last missing person.

  • World Trade Center Collapse, 2001
  • Jane David and Kita face unimaginable tragedy in New York City.

  • Columbia Space Shuttle, 2003
  • Kent Olson and Thunder encounter difficult terrain and a host of native wildlife in their shuttle debris searches.

  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Four of our K-9 teams have been deployed with the Washington Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (WATF-1) to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Oso Mud Slide, 2014