- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control has added two K-9 teams to bolster its search and rescue capabilities.

Black Labrador retriever Keila and golden retriever Charlie, both 2 years old, give New York three K-9 units capable of responding to emergency situations anywhere in the state. Two units are based in Albany, while Charlie and his handler work out of Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley.

Since their establishment in the state in 2005, K-9 teams have supported search and rescue operations in a variety of situations, including the structural collapse of a parking garage in Johnson City, a house explosion in Schenectady, and during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee.

The units also can be used for bomb detection, arson investigations, and tracking criminals.

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