SDF Pair Becomes Third Arc Aspicio Team
Arlington, VA, October 6, 2014 – Arc Aspicio announced its sponsorship of its third search dog team for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF). The SDF is a non-profit organization that partners rescue dogs with firefighters and other first responders, and responds to disasters such as hurricanes and missing persons investigations.
The company’s new search dog team is firefighter Eric Darling of the Boeing Fire Department and his canine Ben, a big Black Labrador. Arc Aspicio raises money for SDF as part of its Community Involvement initiative. The company also raises awareness and provides pro-bono consulting services.
“Supporting the Search Dog Foundation marks a real highlight and source of satisfaction for our consultants and colleagues. The SDF vision and culture very much aligns with our own: we both seek to live the mission of protecting lives and building a more resilient nation,” said Dmitriy Zakharov, Arc Aspicio Community Involvement Lead. “One of our mottos at Arc Aspicio is ‘Dogs Rule!’ and our partnership with SDF brings that credo to life. There’s no question that these dogs really do rule!”
In February 2014, the pair achieved FEMA Re-Certification. Eric and Ben successfully deployed to five missing person’s sites since they were paired in June 2010. Ben’s unbelievable drive and trainability propelled him through formal training, and he is famous for being so excited to go searching that he pulls trainers over just getting to the search pile. Eric was originally assigned to California Task Force 5, but recently transferred to Pennsylvania Task Force 1 with Ben.
SDF is a small organization that has a large, national impact as it aims to fill the gap between the 150 advanced certified teams and the 336 advanced certified teams needed for emergency rescue efforts. Arc Aspicio provides critical solutions to homeland security issues on a national scale. SDF and Arc Aspicio have share similar values and a passion for the mission of emergency management.
Arc Aspicio is committed to its partnership with SDF and raising awareness for the organization. In 2011 the company sponsored their first search dog team, John Stewart and canine Lani. In 2012, Arc Aspicio sponsored Jeff Leon and canine Justice. The company is now halfway through sponsoring its fourth team.