UK search and rescue dogs train at SFRS national training centre
15 July 2019
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recently welcomed a number of fire service search dog teams from across the United Kingdom as part of a specialist training weekend.
Located at Scotland’s National Training Centre in Cambuslang, the International Search and Rescue-led course saw the UK dog teams join SFRS springer spaniel Diesel and handler Gary Carroll.
The dogs and handlers were put through a range of different simulated disaster scenarios that test their skills and partnerships, including exercises over varying surfaces and heights, rope rescue from height, and major transport incidents.
Group Manager Jim Quinn, who leads Scotland’s USAR response, said: “We are very fortunate to have been able to welcome dog teams from across the UK to our training base in Cambuslang for a number of years now.
“This is undoubtedly a useful and important annual event, as the handlers are able to share vital experiences and learn from each other in a controlled setting.
“The handlers and their dogs are all at different stages, and so they will have been able to learn a lot from their peers.”
Fellow UK fire and rescue service dog teams included Kent, Lancashire, Hereford & Worcester, Mid & West Wales, Devon & Somerset, Merseyside, Lincolnshire, Avon and West Yorkshire.
SFRS Chief Officer Martin Blunden said: “I’m proud that we are able to host such an important training event like this at our state-of-the-art National Training Centre in Cambuslang.
“It benefits all dog teams involved and helps strengthen our partnerships with other UK Services, and the International Search and Rescue team.
“I’d like to thank all of the teams for joining us in Scotland, and hope they have had a fantastic and worthwhile training weekend.”