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Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

New federal report connects emergency responders with non-detonable training aids for explosive detection dogs

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In order to properly prepare working canines for explosives detection, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a new report to help emergency responders find non-detonable training aids.

“The Detection Canine Program at S&T plays a critical role in advancing the safety and effectiveness of explosive detection canines in the field,” Guy Hartsough, program manager for the S&T Detection Canine Program, said. “NUSTL’s comprehensive report provides valuable resources in an ever-evolving landscape of threats, underscoring our dedication to enhancing the capabilities of our nation’s security responders.”

NUSTL refers to S&T’s National Urban Security Laboratory, which worked in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on this market survey report.

In all, researchers dug up information on 12 non-detonable training aids that ranged from $15 to $550. Non-detonable training aids mimic the scent of explosives, to teach dogs the specific odor of different types of explosives while keeping them safe from the risks of actual explosives. The report compiled data from manufacturer and vendor materials, open source research, industry publications and a government-issued request for information.

NUSTL Director Alice Hong said the survey report would provide explosive detection canine handlers with critical insights into the various aid options.