PHOENIX -- The Phoenix firefighters have some new furry colleagues.
Two dog handlers from the department just got back from Sacramento, Calif. with some new four-legged recruits. They brought with them two 8-week-old, black Labrador retrievers.
They will train those pups to search and rescue, joining their team of canines who are deployed to disasters around the country.
The most recent assignment for the canines was the mudslide in Washington state.
Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said it's important to start the training early so that the pups develop their skills at a young age, and there's a special reason why the handlers went to Sacramento for these pups.
“They're very meticulous of how they pick these dogs,” Santillan said.
The fire department said they chose these pups because they have a bloodline of search and rescue dogs. The department has also used the breeder before and had good results with those pups.
Phoenix fire said the pups will begin their training immediately.