Thursday, May 02, 2019

Coimbatore airport gets first ever sniffer dog squad

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which guards Coimbatore International Airport has got its first ever dog squad dedicated for explosives detection.

Coimbatore airport also became the first airport managed by the Airport Authority of India to have inducted six dogs at a time to its security wing, said sources. The dog squad comprising six trained dogs, six trainers and six assistant trainers was inducted to the CISF unit for the airport on Wednesday.

From Thursday, two each dogs from the new squad will be ‘on duty’ at the airport round the clock along with handlers.

The dogs, five Labrador and one Cocker spaniel, were inducted to the squad after undergoing seven-month training at CISF's Central Training School in Ranchi. The sniffers were exclusively trained to detect explosives. The dogs were purchased and sent for the training when they were less than one month old.

While the six Labrador dogs will be used for detecting explosives on the airport buildings and premises, the Cocker spaniel which is small in size will be used for detecting explosives inside aircraft, especially under the seats.
02/05/19 Wilson Thomas/The Hindu

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