Meet Bo the avalanche patrol dog as he is doing critical training at Loveland Ski area in Colorado for the Colorado Avalanche Deployment Program.
The program Bo and his handlers are training for was developed by Flight For Life Colorado for the rapid deployment of rescue teams in the case of an avalanche incident.
If trapped by an avalanche Bo’s fuzzy face could be the first a person sees while being rescued.
Deployment teams consist of 3 – 4 members including a Snow Safety Technician, a dog handler and an avalanche rescue dog – or in some cases, two Snow Techs with no rescue dog.
Teams are deployed by a Flight For Life helicopter allow for the rapid location and expedited rescue of an injured or ill party and rapid transport to appropriate medical care.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, roughly 9 out of 10 people buried in an avalanche survive if rescued within 15 minutes. By 30 minutes, only 50 percent survive.
For Weather Nation: Meteorologist Mike Morrison