Special trained dogs help search for victims of Maui fire

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Officials continue searching through destroyed neighborhoods in the Maui city of Lahaina, Hawaii, U.S. August 13, 2023, credit: Dominick Del Vecchio/FEMA/Handout via Reuters

After last week’s deadly wildfires in Maui in Hawaii, special dogs with a year of intense training are helping to search for victims. These dogs can identify human remains.

The wildfires in Maui were devastating, with officials saying at least 101 people were killed. This makes it the deadliest United States fire in a century.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent search rescue teams, including 20 specially trained dogs, to help local officials in Maui. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced that the number of dogs will increase to at least 40.

These dogs are crucial for the mission, but they need to be careful due to the hot conditions and debris on the ground.

Mary Cablk, an expert at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, said these search dogs must have a specific personality for this work. They must be eager to play, fearless, and quick. These dogs can search through the remains of many homes each day. The fires in Hawaii destroyed at least 2,200 homes and buildings.

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