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Tucson Air Branch conducts K-9 deployment training

Release Date: 
November 20, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Office of Air and Marine agents from the Tucson Air Branch conducted aviation operations and aircraft familiarization training for many southern Arizona law enforcement partners Tuesday.

Office of Air and Marine agents from the Tucson Air Branch conducted aviation operations and aircraft familiarization training for many southern Arizona law enforcement partners Tuesday to include tactical deployment of K-9 units.

Office of Air and Marine agents from the Tucson Air Branch conducted aviation operations and aircraft familiarization training for many southern Arizona law enforcement partners Tuesday to include tactical deployment of K-9 units.

Numerous local and state agencies from southern Arizona participated in air operations and aircraft familiarization with their K-9 partners, using one of the air branch’s UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Topics included numerous issues such as tactics, safety and operations. 

Tactically deploying K-9 units from aircraft can be beneficial when conducting rescues in rugged terrain or searching for suspects in areas with no easy access for ground vehicles.

“We thank OAM for providing this invaluable training,” said Steve Lowe, K-9 training officer for Arizona’s Department of Corrections. “This will help new handlers and K-9s to safely deploy from helicopters.”

Alexander Zamora, a Tucson Air Branch operations officer, said this training is “…just one example of the variety of operations we conduct. We work every day with local, state and other federal agencies in training and operations.”

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February 9, 2017