NY firefighters learn to safely handle police dogs
By Adam Bosch
The Times Herald-Record
LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. — The shooting in Binghamton this week reinforced the creed of all emergency responders: Preparation is crucial.
That’s why about 50 firefighters from Sullivan County learned Saturday how to handle a police dog. The scenario is rare, but not unprecedented: What if a K-9 officer is hurt in a car accident, but his dog, snarling and protective, won’t let medical personnel attend to his handler?
“Our K-9s are protection-trained,” said Scott Steingart, a K-9 officer for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. “That truck is their castle and they won’t let anyone in, especially if the handler is hurt.”