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 and instructor. Additionally, Chief Foster served as our Task Force’s first Coordinator and served in that position for over 16 years.
He has deployed on over 2,000 missions since 2001 and has recorded over 50 recoveries.
He 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 over 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 was a founding task force leader for Louisiana Task Force 3, Urban Search and Rescue, a state of Louisiana response team.
Chief Foster has been an instructor with Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research Training since 1998. He has also been a registered EMT in the state of Louisiana for over 40 years.
Chief Foster 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 one dozen recoveries in her career. She, for years, worked under the tutelage of her friend and partner Ranger. Brie is proud to carry on Ranger’s impressive legacy of bringing lost ones back to their families.
Chief Foster has recently taken on the challenge of training his next canine partner. Spirit is a black lab and will be trained in HRD to take over for a soon-to-be-retiring Brie.