Great article here on Brenda and Tim. I have had the privilege in past years of seeing Brenda and other USAR handlers training out at a rubble site on the outskirts of the city. It was eerie - trapped volunteer people were hidden, buried up to an hour before the dog arrived in the quiet, steamy morning.
The need for this training scheme grew after 9/11 and qualifications were developed to set standards for their training. It is important that they are not only trained, but carefully handled while on site - partly because the handler cannot enter the rubble, relying on hand signals to direct the dogs, and because they have to ensure the dogs have their eyes and noses protected from the constant dust with regular flushing. It was good to hear the USAR vet team came down from Massey as well, because in the event that these dogs are badly injured on site, "normal" vets cannot enter the cordoned areas to treat them. Being able to administer first aid, fluids etc immediately to these important dogs can be important in large scale disasters.
Great to see ex pound dogs being given a new lease of life.
Thanks Brenda, Tim and all the USAR team.