Our office mascot, Magnum, reminds us to keep everything in perspective. Work-life balance is important to good work and a great life. After a great life, Magnum passed on in 2014.
As part of our philanthropic efforts, our employees selected The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) as our top non-profit organization. We selected SDF because of our love of dogs and because the organization's mission to train search and rescue dogs aligns with our homeland security focus. Learn more about our community involvement efforts.
Arc Aspicio has sponsored six search dog teams, including:
Charlie and Chris Johnson
Golden Retriever Charlie and his partner, Chris, join the Arc Aspicio family as our most recent search dog team. Charlie graduated from SDF’s training program in May 2016 and has since partnered with Chris as members of the New York Task Force 2 based in Albany.
On November 4, 2016, Charlie and Chris achieved their basic Type II Certification with the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance, and they are now ready to deploy when the next disaster strikes.
Taylor and Trevor Lawrence
Taylor, a Yellow Lab, was rescued from the Aberdeen Area Humane Society at two-years-old and recruited for the SDF Training Program in California. After she graduated, Taylor partnered with Paramedic/Logistics Specialist Trevor Lawrence of Utah Task Force 1.
The pair bonded quickly and received their FEMA Certification in 2014. The team focuses on missing persons cases in the Salt Lake City area.
Ivan and Kristi Bartlett
In 2014, Ivan, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, graduated from the SDF training program and partnered with Lieutenant Kristi Bartlett of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia.
In April 2015, Kristi and Ivan received their FEMA Certification, making them one of only two FEMA Task Forces in the United States that are equipped to respond to international disaster zones.