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AIM

10/12/17

6−2−4

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 6−2−1

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 6−2−2.)