Coeur d’Alene firefighter and K-9 headed to aid Hawaii

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The only first responder from the Inland Northwest headed to aid Hawaii during Hurricane Lane is a firefighter from Coeur d’Alene.

Firefighter Scott Robinson isn’t alone, his K-9 partner, Duke, is tagging along with him.

The two have been a duo at the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department for the past five years.

Duke is a trained disaster dog. Duke and Robinson have spent dozens and dozens of hours training on rubble piles. The yellow lab’s nose is trained to sniff out survivors in the event of natural disasters.

Coeur d’Alene Fire’s K-9 team is part of a greater federal urban search and rescue program. That’s why Duke and Robinson got called upon to help out.

“I am just immensely proud of the work that we’ve all done. I’m proud that we are able to be part of such a great organization,” said Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Captain Jeff Sells.

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