Spokane County Sheriff’s Department is providing services to assist in the search for survivors at the deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash.
Spokane County Search and Rescue (SAR) K-9 teams have been mobilized to assist in the search. Four K-9 teams are certified in “Live” finds as well as human remains detection.
In addition, Sgt. Dave Ellis has assisted over the last few days as an Air Tactical group supervisor. He is coordinating search air assets, which included four Army Black Hawks, a Navy MH-65 Dolphin, helicopters from King and Snohomish counties and airplanes from the Washington State Patrol used for rescues, crew transports, hoist extractions and medevac missions.
Ellis oversees the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Regional Support Unit’s Air-1 and serves as the regional director for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.