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AIM

10/12/17

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Emergency Services Available to Pilots

while an aircraft is in flight, the aircraft can be
directed to an airport with this capability. The FAA
provides initial and refresher training for all handlers,
provides single purpose explosive detector dogs, and
requires that each team is annually evaluated in five
areas for FAA certification: aircraft (widebody and
narrowbody), vehicles, terminal, freight (cargo), and
luggage.  If you desire this service, notify your
company or an FAA air traffic control facility.

b.

The following list shows the locations of

current FAA K

−9 teams:

TBL 6

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FAA Sponsored Explosives Detection 

Dog/Handler Team Locations

Airport Symbol

Location

ATL

Atlanta, Georgia

BHM

Birmingham, Alabama

BOS

Boston, Massachusetts

BUF

Buffalo, New York

CLT

Charlotte, North Carolina

ORD

Chicago, Illinois

CVG

Cincinnati, Ohio

DFW

Dallas, Texas

DEN

Denver, Colorado

DTW

Detroit, Michigan

IAH

Houston, Texas

JAX

Jacksonville, Florida

MCI

Kansas City, Missouri

LAX

Los Angeles, California

MEM

Memphis, Tennessee

MIA

Miami, Florida

MKE

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MSY

New Orleans, Louisiana

 MCO

Orlando, Florida

PHX

Phoenix, Arizona

PIT

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PDX

Portland, Oregon

SLC

Salt Lake City, Utah

SFO

San Francisco, California

SJU

San Juan, Puerto Rico

SEA

Seattle, Washington

STL

St. Louis, Missouri

TUS

Tucson, Arizona

TUL

Tulsa, Oklahoma

c.

If due to weather or other considerations an

aircraft with a suspected hidden explosive problem
were to land or intended to land at an airport other
than those listed in b above, it is recommended that
they call the FAA’s Washington Operations Center
(telephone 202

−267−3333, if appropriate) or have an

air traffic facility with which you can communicate
contact the above center requesting assistance.

6

−2−6. Search and Rescue

a. General.

SAR is a lifesaving service provided

through the combined efforts of the federal agencies
signatory to the National SAR Plan, and the agencies
responsible for SAR within each state. Operational
resources are provided by the U.S. Coast Guard,
DOD components, the Civil Air Patrol, the Coast
Guard Auxiliary, state, county and local law
enforcement and other public safety agencies, and
private volunteer organizations. Services include
search for missing aircraft, survival aid, rescue, and
emergency medical help for the occupants after an
accident site is located.

b. National Search and Rescue Plan.

By federal

interagency agreement, the National Search and
Rescue Plan provides for the effective use of all
available facilities in all types of SAR missions.
These facilities include aircraft, vessels, pararescue
and ground rescue teams, and emergency radio
fixing. Under the plan, the U.S. Coast Guard is
responsible for the coordination of SAR in the
Maritime Region, and the USAF is responsible in the
Inland Region. To carry out these responsibilities, the
Coast Guard and the Air Force have established
Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs) to direct SAR
activities within their regions. For aircraft emergen-
cies, distress, and urgency, information normally will
be passed to the appropriate RCC through an ARTCC
or FSS.

c. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers.

(See TBL 6

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