The job wasn’t easy as the group faced challenges like the weather and vast land they were tasked with touring. The group said they initially spent some days working eight hours in the rain.
“The area that we were given to cover was just massive,” Karen Minchow, a K-9 Search Specialist said. “We sent out teams in groups of ten or so and just covered neighborhoods, walking miles and miles.”
The team worked the hardest hit parts of Colorado, rescuing dozens of people from floodwater and inspecting homes in danger of collapsing.
The 75-member group is made up of firefighters, emergency room doctors, structural engineers, K-9’s and a team veterinarian.
Team Vet Laura McLain said all the evacuated pets she saw were surprisingly happy and healthy.
Minchow said Colorado residents are resourceful in times of need. She watched people without power gather together to share food and sources of energy.
“It was a coordinated effort that we were able to recover every person that was unaccounted for,” she added.
Utah’s Task Force 1 spent a week in Colorado.