Security managers across the country must ask a difficult question: how do you provide an adequate level of security while also allowing patrons the space to enjoy themselves? Vapor Wake K9 teams provide the perfect solution to mitigate risks at massive events with minimal impact on the patron experience through the deployment of our Vapor Wake Explosive Detection Canines (VW/EDC).
Vapor Wake K9 teams are deployed across the country in arenas and stadiums for NHL, MLB, NFL, and MLS games, as well as concerts and other major events.
Stadium security demands have increased substantially over the past decade. Many sports leagues mandate all venues provide detection canines for every event.
When securing stadiums, the job starts long before the game clock starts, and extends beyond the front gate. Stadiums have large parking lots and thousands of yards of corridors to be swept. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people come and go, walking through massive concourses in a disorderly fashion. Forcing these thousands of people into thorough body scans and winding queues would be time consuming and ruin the fan experience.
Vapor Wake K9 teams offer an effective way to actively survey these open spaces throughout the entire operating day for stadiums of any size.
Arenas are versatile spaces, with many venues holding hockey games, basketball games, and concerts—often within one week.
Security demands and concerns vary wildly from one arena use to the other, and canine teams must be versatile and adaptable to keep up. While most canine teams can only provide one type of service—whether it is scanning stationary objects or nearby people—Vapor Wake dogs are trained for three types of deployment. No matter what is needed of a VWK9 team, they can rise to the unique challenges of every arena event.
K9 Detection Services
Vapor Wake canines are scientifically bred exclusively for our program by Auburn University. At our training facility, they undergo a 28-day training cycle to ensure they are imprinted and trained to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)-prescribed NORT standard. Once they complete this training regimen, they undergo advanced VW/EDC training.
VWK9 units are trained using live explosives to detect all of the five families of explosives, as well as homemade devices. Our canines receive daily reinforcement and weekly maintenance training, as well as quarterly proficiency tests.
Canine Explosive Detection Teams
Vapor Wake trained and maintained explosive detection canine teams are available for contract services at all arenas and stadiums.
Vapor Wake handlers undergo a rigorous training course with 280 hours of team training with their canine partner. Handler training includes explosives safety, IED recognition, special event operational and environmental training, and more.