Search dogs to highlight annual

‘Late Night at the Library’ Fri.

The search and rescue dogs of New Jersey Task Force One will visit the Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, this week .

Jim Bastan of the N.J. Task Force One will bring several of the 11 search and rescue dogs on the task force for the "Late Night at the Library" program Nov. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. This annual program is for children in grades K-6 and their families. This year’s theme is "Meet Our Local Heroes."

The search and rescue dogs and their volunteer owners, who hail from all over the state, are called in to help in emergency situations. The dogs spent 10 days helping to search for the victims after the attack on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. They regularly perform wilderness searches for lost hunters, hikers, campers, children, and Alzheimer patients who have wandered off. They are also used as therapy dogs because of their amiable dispositions.

Along with the Task Force One search and rescue dogs, the library will have presentations the same night by the Lakehurst Naval Air Station Fire Prevention Program. Lakehurst personnel will be bringing a vehicle that is used in airplane crash rescues.

Warden Eugene White from the N.J. State Forest Fire Department will be Smokey Bear, and Fire Marshal Bob Ketchersid will bring the Fire Safety House, a trailer used to teach children what to do in the event of a house fire.

Children will have an opportunity to rotate among the programs.

Call (732) 477-4513, ext. 59, for details about registration for the "Late Night at the Library" program.