Kerry W. Foster

Kerry W. Foster is the founder of the Shreveport Fire Department Canine Search and Rescue Task Force. He serves the team as a handler, instructor, and coordinator.

Chief Foster has deployed on over 2,000 missions since 2001 and has recorded over 50 recoveries.

He recently retired from the department after 37 years of service as an Assistant Fire Chief and B-Shift Commander. During his career he also served as Coordinator of the department’s Water Search and Rescue Dive Team which has 28+ highly skilled divers.

He is an instructor and Technician in Hazardous Materials Response, Structural Collapse, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, and more.

He is a task force leader for Louisiana Task Force 3, Urban Search and Rescue, a state of Louisiana response team.

He has been an instructor with Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research Training since 1998. He holds Associate degrees in Hazardous Materials Technology and Safety as well as Fire Science. He also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management.

His partner is Brie. She is a human remains detection (HRD) canine. Brie has documented over a dozen recoveries in her career. She, for years, worked under the tutelage of her friend and partner Ranger. Ranger instilled all of his vast knowledge of the search and recovery game in her. Brie is proud to carry on Ranger’s impressive legacy of bringing lost ones back to their families.