Sierra and Sahara – Thailand’s search-and-rescue superstars

Two golden retrievers from Thailand’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team are starring in the international efforts following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
The demise toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake and aftershocks that hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6 rose to more than forty one,000 on Wednesday, with tens of millions more misplaced or homeless in each nations.
Two Thai sniffer dogs – Sierra and Sahara – turned social media celebrities after starting their mission on Saturday in Hatay, a coastal Turkish province that borders Syria.
Sierra and Sahara come from the National Rescue Dog Organisation. Foundation director Alongkot Choukaew said the seven 12 months old Sierra and 6 yr old Sahara have been licensed by the International Rescue Dog Organisation.
The National Rescue Dog Organisation was based a 12 months after the tsunami hit Phuket in December 2004 and started working with USAR three years in the past. Sierra and Sahara have joined forty human members of Thailand’s USAR group in Turkey
The team began with sniffer canines trained by overseas handlers decades ago. Those first-gen canine have now died of outdated age. Sierra and Sahara arrived from Sweden six years ago as part of Thailand’s second era of sniffer canines.
Alongkot said…
“We have educated these canine since they were puppies according to IRO requirements. They have worked as sniffer canine for 3 years now.”
Temperatures dropped below freezing in parts of the catastrophe zone, but Alongkot said individuals shouldn’t fear as Sierra and Sahara had been quite used to freezing temperatures as pups in Sweden.
Alongkot stated Thailand’s USAR staff at present has six sniffer dogs, four are on standby again house. Nine handlers are taking turns accompanying the canine in Turkey.
Alongkot said…
“International rules limit the time human rescuers can spend on search and rescue missions to 10 consecutive days.”
Safety footwear have been designed for canines to put on in disaster zones, designed to guard the canine from sharp objects as they search the rubble. They are worn solely on their entrance paws, to protect them as they land after jumping. The dangers had been underlined when a search canine from Mexico died after rubble collapsed on high of him in Turkey.
Alongkot said the Thai USAR team will only deploy their sniffer canines as soon as they are confident the state of affairs is protected.
There is just a slim chance of finding survivors 72 hours after an earthquake, however the Thail group nonetheless has hope. Survivors were present in Syria after five days had handed. Backed and Sahara hare skilled to keep still and pay attention for sounds from the rubble.
“This obedience is a attribute of golden retrievers.”

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