Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lakeside Search Dog Featured on Local News

Lakeside: Bella, the 2 year old black lab currently assigned to Lakeside Fire Engineer Rich Smith, was recently featured on a KFMB story about a FEMA sponsored "Canine Search Specialist Class" taking place in San Diego County. The week long course gives handlers and search team managers exposure to the abilities of these dogs. So unique are the abilities of these trained animals search teams often need to be exposed to the dogs to really grasp their full potential.

A portion of the class was held at the Lakeside Land Company, who opened up their property for this valued training.. Lakeside Land Co. has been a long time supporter of this program, and has provided space for local search dogs to train, including Bella.

SDFD USAR-CA TF-8 hosted the class. Currently there are 6 dogs assigned to this team. Bella is the black lab featured in the video.

Bella hopes to receive her FSA certification soon, which would allow her to be sent on incidents within California.. After that she will need to received advanced certification to be deployable outside of the state,.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District


  1. AWESOME!!! Way to go Rich and Bella! Proud of you and LOVE those labs! (Robin)

  2. Beautiful dog, and smart too!