Luxembourg rescue dogs take exams
In Luxembourg dogs are often used, as in other countries, in the search for missing people. In order to ensure that people are found as efficiently and as quickly as possible, the handler and animal must undergo regular testing as a team.
During the weekend, several of these examinations took place in which real-life situations were imitated over two days. Eight teams took part in the tests.
The dogs and their handlers were given two tasks, the first on Friday was to find missing people on three to four hectares of land. Seven of the teams passed this stage.
Saturday’s test though, proved much more difficult when the dogs were given the task of finding buried people. Four of the eight teams passed this test.
For those that form new rescue teams, the test is compulsory, irrespective of whether the dog has passed the test with another handler or not. This is because the human and animal are being tested together as a team.
For this reason, teams who passed the first test must also undergo more examinations at regular intervals.
While there were examiners from Luxembourg, several member of the "Marins Pompiers" were also drafted in from Marseille to supervise the exercises.