A fantastic achievement Cooper and Chris

On Thursday 27th October our Urban Search & Rescue Dog, Cooper and his trainer Watch Manager Chris Jones passed their grading.

Cooper is a 2-year-old male Labrador cross Belgian Malinois and has been with us in Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service since the 9th of September 2021, just a few days after his 1st Birthday. He was donated to the Service by a lovely woman from Cheshire.

The K9 pathway for both a dog and its handler can normally take up to 18 months to become qualified; however, Cooper and Chris managed it in a fraction over 13 months.

Chris said:

“Cooper has excelled during his training due to his high work, prey and play drive and has been a pleasure to train. The early morning starts, and late finishes have truly paid-off. The journey at times has been challenging, but I will never forget this part of my career.”

We are very proud of Chris and Cooper and look forward to watching their journey with the Service unfold. A fantastic achievement!

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