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Safran Teams Up with Alamo Area Search and Rescue to Celebrate Frontline K-9 Heroes



Safran, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, has partnered with the Alamo Area Search and Rescue (AASAR) to honor the unsung heroic efforts of K-9 teams during a series of live demonstrations at the 2021 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

AASAR is a voluntary 501(c)(3) organization that provides free, professionally trained and certified search specialists and dogs to law enforcement and public safety agencies across Texas. The non-profit has responded to more than 250 missions across the state.

Live K-9 Search Rescue Demonstrations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center:
A top specialized AASAR K-9 unit will illustrate their recovery skills during two live demonstrations at the Expo Hall Dog Demo Area (Booth #218) during the show:

  • Monday, August 16 at 12:30 p.m. (Krystal Bean and K9 Remi)
  • Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. (Jennifer Holguin and K9 Allie)

Spotlighting the achievements of AASAR is part of Safran’s “Resilient Together” campaign. The company develops partnerships with local organizations in a joint effort to raise awareness about the critical and life-saving services provided to local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Additionally, Safran will match donations for this campaign up to $1,000. Donors must add “Resilient Together” as a note on the gift through AASAR’s website.

AASAR also provides ongoing training to maintain operational readiness for the K-9 teams and to prepare them for certification through the International Police Work Dog Association in the following specialty areas:

  • Air Scent Wilderness Search: Area Search K9s are not person-specific (unlike trailing K9s) and are used to find any person in a certain area, most commonly in the wilderness. They work off-leash in difficult terrains, heavy brush, and can work during the day or night. They are not restricted to a person’s track and can search long after the scent is gone, zeroing on where the person is now, regardless of how they got there.
  • Human Remains Detection: The dogs can detect microscopic particles bearing human decomposition scent and trace amounts of blood, even if the remains are buried or scattered.
  • Trailing: Trailing K9s are used to find a specific person using a scent article (clothes, vehicle seat, etc.) to determine the direction of travel and locate the person. These canines follow a particular human’s scent pattern wherever it might lie — on the ground, along a curb, or on foliage — rather than following a specific set of tracks. Trailing K9 teams work on a leash and can work in both wilderness and urban areas.

About APCO International
APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide – and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.

Marketing Contacts:
Patrick Bark
Customer Experience Marketing Manager, Safran
+1 (585) 321-5865

Charles Jones
Public Relations and Communications Manager, Safran
+1 585-321-5800

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