Search and Rescue Dogs
Currently, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have two search and rescue dogs, Abby and Maya. They are used to carry out Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations for UK and overseas disasters, and open area search work assisting Leicestershire Constabulary in locating missing, lost and injured persons in Leicestershire and Rutland.
The dog teams can support an incident commander in two ways. These include positive searching incidents, where there is positive intelligence that persons are missing, and negative searching incidents, where there is a likelihood that persons are missing and a search of the area is necessary to confirm that this is not the case.
Dog teams have been deployed to a number of incidents both within the UK and internationally. These include building collapses, major transport incidents, explosions, construction accidents, and natural disasters.
Information on the search dogs is available by clicking on the images below.
For more information regarding the search dogs visit the UKFSSART Dog Team website. This site includes information regarding how these dogs work (see Canines Within the Fire and Rescue Service), past deployments as well as numerous photos.