The dogs are the real superstars of the team. To them this search and rescue business is just a big game. Willing to expend endless energy searching for someone who might not be even there. Willing to work for hours for a reward of playing with their favourite toy or getting a bit of their much valued treat.
All of our dogs are currently air scenting dogs, meaning that they will find any human in a search area. The dogs do not need a ‘scent article’ like you typically see in the movies.
There are 3 levels of qualification for the dog and handler:
Level 1 - Training Dog; training to assessment level to become operational.
Level 2 - Hasty Dog; the first operational level where a dog and handler will search a 2km path, and up to 25m either side of it, within 60 minutes.
Level 3 - Area Dog; the dog and handler will search an area of 50 acres within 90 minutes.
Take a look at our dogs below. Some of them even have their own Facebook and Twitter pages! Don’t forget to click through to find out some interesting facts about each one of our superstars!