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AIM 

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1972. Through a unique agreement with law 
enforcement agencies and airport authorities, the 
FAA has strategically placed FAA

certified K

teams (a team is one handler and one dog) at airports 
throughout the country. If a bomb threat is received 
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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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. 

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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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2.) 

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Emergency Services Available to Pilots