NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MSA Security ("MSA"), a global high consequence threat protection firm, announced that it has become the first company certified under the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s new Third-Party Canine Cargo Program as a Certified Cargo Security Facility – Canine (CCSF-K9) on December 11, 2018.
"Due to a global increase in shipping and logistics, the protection of the air cargo sector with top-tier explosive detection solutions has become critical," says Marc Murphy, MSA Director of Air Cargo and Aviation. "In the past, researchers have spent billions trying to replicate the scent detection capabilities of canines, but properly trained dogs remain the most effective and efficient solution. MSA's world renowned Windsor Program produces explosive detection canines with the agility and accuracy to be the centerpiece of excellent security solutions for the air cargo industry."
Mr. Murphy added, "We commend the leadership of TSA Administrator David Pekoske, and the TSA National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio for their support and initiative of the Third-Party Canine Program."
The Third-Party Canine-Cargo Program was introduced by TSA under their Certified Cargo Screening Programs as a means to provide screening for air cargo in a safe and efficient manner. Under the new program, non-government entities, acting under TSA's approval, can certify explosive detection canine teams from third-party providers. Certified canine teams can be deployed to screen cargo for aircraft operators, foreign air carriers, and other TSA-regulated parties operating under a TSA-approved security program.
"With the most robust network of canines and handlers backed by the highest quality of training, we are pleased to work under TSA regulations to provide needed resources for air cargo security," Glen Kucera, CEO of MSA, said. "While supplying the most effective canines and handlers across numerous industries, we have committed ourselves to exceeding the rising challenge presented in the air cargo space. At MSA, we operate offices and training facilities in leading global cargo hubs, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Memphis, San Diego, Dubai and Hong Kong, in order the provide unmatched service to our air cargo clients."
MSA is America's largest provider of explosive detection canines, featuring over 500 canine-handler teams active in the field. In 2004, MSA's Windsor Program received the first DHS SAFETY Act Certification, and is the only company to have consistently maintained the highest level of certification for 14 years.
About MSA Security Founded in 1987, MSA Security is a global security firm with more than 30 years of experience protecting enterprise-level facilities from high consequence threats. MSA is headquartered in New York City and has over 1,000 employees—including over 500 explosive detection canine teams—operating in 42 states and 30 countries. The firm offers a range of customizable solutions, including explosive detection, protective services, intelligence, investigations and consulting. For more information, visit msasecurity.net.