Search and Rescue Dogs
The Service have specially trained Search and Rescue dogs who assist at emergencies all over the world.
Watch Manager Arwel Hughes is responsible for a Border Collie called Fflam. Together they have been involved in numerous deployments including the Boscastle Flooding in Cornwall.
The USAR team has recently introduced a new pure breed Labrador called Celt, who is being trained and handled by Watch Manager Kevin Hughes. Celt will undergo an initial six month training period before his specialist search training starts.
We will keep you updated about Celt’s progress via his very
own “Dog Blog” featuring all the latest news, training and work he does for the
Service, which we hope many of you will enjoy following.
The dogs work in areas of particular hazard, which pose a significant danger for operational rescue crews to be, especially in the early stages of an incident.
Due to their increased agility and four points of contact, they impose less of a load on already unstable structures. They are a potentially safer tool for search, preventing crews from entering risk areas in the preliminary stages of an incident. The handler directs the dogs from a safe vantage point and instructs them to search large areas swiftly for live casualties, even if they are unconscious.
Our dogs also assist the Police with their search for missing persons.