Watch Coast Guard K9s practice getting hoisted to a helicopter
By DON SWEENEY | The Sacramento Bee (Tribune News Service) | Published: May 17, 2018
The California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division Air Operations unit posted a video on Facebook of training Tuesday with members of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety Team in San Francisco.
The video shows the K9s, outfitted with a harness, goggles and ear protectors, being raised and lowered from the CHP helicopter from a runway with their handlers. The dog rides up and down and doesn’t so much as bark during the exercise.
The Coast Guard team protects the San Francisco ferry boat system and other ships by checking for bombs, the CHP wrote on Facebook.
Training with the CHP helicopter helps prepare the dog and handler to be lowered to the decks of ships at sea to detect any explosives, according to the Facebook post.