Spotted: Search K9 and handler taking a breather near Magalia
The 45 Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce 3 members, with their two Search Dogs, will be headed home today after a week long search for the lost and missing at the Camp Fire where they searched almost 2000 structures under difficult conditions in the burnt out and devastated areas of the community of Magalia, located above the City of Paradise.
“This has been a rough but important deployment for the Team Members, especially for the Search Dogs,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. “Everyone knows somebody who lost a home or more. The Team was honored to be there, but it’s hard to feel completely finished with so many people still missing, and I know many feel like their leaving a little piece of themselves behind because it’s hard not to be emotionaly impacted by what they saw and were involved with”.
Search K9 George and partner/handler Tim Houweling with California Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce 3 take a break; Photo credit: Taskfource 3