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Volunteers Needed To Help Train Homeland Security K-9s

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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:07am 
 
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Would you like to help out the TSA K-9 team at George Bush International Airport? Well, here's your chance...
 
The TSA Passenger Screening Canine Program at IAH is asking for volunteers to serve as decoys to help train the pups who are an important line of defense against terrorists, smugglers or other bad folks that are possibly traveling through the airport on any given day.
 
After personally going through one of their training days this past weekend, I felt obligated to let y'all know about this awesome experience.
 
They are looking for ANY and ALL volunteers. That means families, couples, men, women, etc.. It also doesn't matter if you're old or young, big or small, athletic or disabled. Even pregnant women can volunteer...That just adds another element of normalcy to their training.
 
It's also a great way to see the airport if you've never done so. I like to people watch, so this part was fun for me.
 
Please check out the specifics below sent to me from the TSA Canine Program Assistant Mayra...Who, by the way, is one of the greatest airport guides in the nation.
 
[They also have this program at Hobby if you'd prefer to go there. Just let them know.]
 
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) constantly evaluates screening procedures in order to stay ahead of evolving threats. As one of the TSA's many layers of security, the Passenger Screening Canine Program is no exception to the rule. In order to ensure their canines are always prepared for real time threats, the TSA continuously trains and tests the canines' abilities.
 
In support of this training, the Transportation Security Administration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is in need of volunteer decoys. Volunteers will serve as mock traveling passengers and assist in creating training scenarios that most resemble an everyday traveling environment. Your role will be to carry a training aid through any area where our canines are screening. The TSA canines are classified as passive response canines, meaning their actions are passively controlled and non-aggressive.
 
Training is conducted at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Parking is provided at the airport Limousine Lot located near Terminal A with free on-site parking provided at the terminal where direct training will be taking place. You will be provided a parking decal.
 
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In order to participate in this activity, volunteers will complete an on-site Passenger Screening Canine Decoy Safety Briefing Consent form as well as read and sign an OperationalTesting SSI Non-Disclosure Acknowledgment form.
 
Decoys are needed on an on-going basis, and volunteers can be added to a roster rotating as often as every forty-five days. Volunteers should plan to dedicate at least 4-5 hours for the training, with time slots starting as early as 4:30 a.m.. and running as late as 7:00 p.m.. Times are flexible and based on your availability.
 
If you are interested, please contact the Canine Program Assistants via email at IAHK9Decoy@tsa.dhs.gov . You can directly call Mayra Rosas at 936-224-2751 or Sebrina Lopez at 832-840-9935.
 
A list of available training dates will be provided. Once your date and time slot has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email detailing the final information including parking information and dress attire for your on-site visit.
 
The TSA K-9 Program greatly appreciates the volunteers' support as they are vital to the success of the canines!
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:14am 
Would you like to help out the TSA K-9 team at George Bush International Airport? Well, here's your chance... The TSA Passenger Screening Canine Program at IAH is asking for volunteers to serve as decoys to help train the pups who are an important line of defense against terrorists, smugglers or other bad folks traveling through the airport on any given day. After personally going through one of their training days this past weekend, I felt obligated to let y'all know about this awesome experience. They are looking for ANY and ALL volunteers. That means families, couples, men, women, etc.. It also doesn't matter if you're old or young, big or small, athletic or disabled. Even pregnant women can volunteer...That just adds another element of normalcy to their training. It's also a great way to see the airpot if you've never done so. I like to people watch, so this part was fun for me. Please check out the specifics below sent to me from the TSA Canine Program Assistant Mayra...Who, by the way, is one of the greatest airport guides in the nation. [They also have this program at Hobby if you'd prefer to go there. Just let them know.] ---TSA Decoy Info--- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) constantly evaluates screening procedures in order to stay ahead of evolving threats. As one of the TSA's many layers of security, the Passenger Screening Canine Program is no exception to the rule. In order to ensure their canines are always prepared for real time threats, the TSA continuously trains and tests the canines' abilities. In support of this training, the Transportation Security Administration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is in need of volunteer decoys. Volunteers will serve as mock traveling passengers and assist in creating training scenarios that most resemble an everyday traveling environment. Your role will be to carry a training aid through any area where our canines are screening. The TSA canines are classified as passive response canines, meaning their actions are passively controlled and non-aggressive. Training is conducted at George Bush IntercontinentalAirport. Parking is provided at the airport Limousine Lot located near Terminal A with free on-site parking provided at the terminal where direct training will be taking place. You will be provided a parking decal. In order to participate in this activity, volunteers will complete an on-site Passenger Screening Canine Decoy Safety Briefing Consent form as well as read and sign an OperationalTesting SSI Non-Disclosure Acknowledgment form. Decoys are needed on an on-going basis, and volunteers can be added to a roster rotating as often as every forty-five days. Volunteers should plan to dedicate at least 4-5 hours for the training, with time slots starting as early as 4:30 a.m.. and running as late as 7:00 p.m.. Times are flexible and based on your availability. If you are interested, please contact the Canine Program Assistants via email at IAHK9Decoy tsa.dhs.gov . You can directly call Mayra Rosas at 936-224-2751 or Sebrina Lopez at 832-840-9935. A list of available training dates will be provided. Once your date and time slot has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email detailing the final information including parking information and dress attire for your on-site visit. The TSA K-9 Program greatly appreciates the volunteers' support as they are vital to the success of the canines!
 
@KingwoodDotCom : Thanks for the info. That 4:30am slot would kill me. Glad to see you doing something you really wanted.
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:19am 
That is an interesting opportunity.
 
I would want to pet all the puppies!
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:29am 
@Aggies123 :
 
As does every person in the airport.
 
They want you to wait until the training period is over, but as you can see from the last picture, the pup wanted some belly rubs after successfully finding me one time.
 
~C
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:30am 
Does this involve a take down in the airport?
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:32am 
@luannski :
 
No.
 
These guys are very friendly. They just sniff out bad stuff and let the handlers know.
 
~C
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:35am 
Oh darn!☺
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 11:40am 
@KingwoodDotCom: Sounds like an interesting opportunity. Thanks for letting us know. @TheChad: You're looking good.👍
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:10pm 
I told my hubby and we are interested. Will contact to see if it fits our schedule.
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:14pm 
I would love to do this, but only if I get to pet those little doggies.
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:15pm 
@KingwoodDotCom : So you get your training and then do the decoy thing on the same day?
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:20pm 
Cool . I'm bookmarking this so once i start having an open window of time I can look into it.
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:24pm 
luannski : No. These guys are very friendly. They just sniff out bad stuff and let the handlers know. ~C
 
@KingwoodDotCom :
That's too bad, no takedowns. I was going to volunteer @sweetie and @ZMAN
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:24pm 
KingwoodDotCom : That's too bad, no takedowns. I was going to volunteer sweetie and ZMAN
 
@WTF : 🤬
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:25pm 
WTF : 🤬
 
@sweetie :
It's for the dogs
 
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~ 1 week, 1 day ago   Aug 13 2019, 12:29pm 
@HollyHobby :
 
There's not really a training for the decoys. They explain how it's gonna work, where you're gonna go, etc.., you sign a couple of papers, and you're off. It's simple and they stay with you all day.
 
~C
 
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