Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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36 • July 2015 BRIEFS PRODUCERS Aggregate Industries US, Northeast Region recently hosted an International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO) Rubble Trial at its Littleton, Mass., K-9 testing facility. Four teams competed at two different levels (RH-T-A and RH-T-B), which involved the rescue of two and three victims within 20 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively, in a simulated rubble pile. The dogs had to enter the rubble pile willingly and independently of the handler who remained off the pile. When a dog found a victim, it had to alert (bark) clearly, forcefully and in the direction of the scent until his handler reached him. The han- dler then identifed the place where the dog picked up the scent. Of the four dogs tested, only two passed the rubble assessment—Leon, a Dutch Shepherd (RH-T-A) and Eiko, a German Shepherd (RH-T-B). This is the second year that an IRO event has been held at the Aggregate Indus- tries site. The test was conducted by Canine Alert Search Team (CAST) of Hancock, N.H., an IRO member and the only organization currently running IRO tests in the United States. "We [were] pleased that the International Rescue Dog Organization selected Aggregate Industries to host this certifcation for the second time," says Aggregate Industries US Chief Operating Offcer Guy Edwards. "The International Rescue Dog Organization and the rescue dogs do an incredible job and perform an indispensable service to both our nation and the world. We feel privileged to support the IRO's crucial work." "The location is unique and indispensable to the complete training of a search dog," adds Elizabeth LaPointe, one of the organizers of the event. "If a dog can work through the challenges of diffcult footing, dispersed scent problems and Man's best friend hones rescue skills at Aggregate Industries NE facility The Littleton site bears rubble and terrain suited to International Rescue Dog Organization and Urban Search and Rescue Team compulsories. Dogs qual- ify for emergency duty only after exhibiting astute scent-tracking and locating skills, independent of handlers.

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