Rex Dog's March Blog
Friday, 9th March 2012
Hi everyone. Its been a month since I posted my last blog. I hope you all enjoyed it.
Its been a very busy this month with the search and rescue team. Mainly training but there have been a few call outs. In my last blog I said I was going to tell you a little bit more about the rescue team in particular the search and rescue dogs and what they get up to.
Here you are, meet Misty (above).Misty is aged 8 and has been a working search dog for 6 years. She has saved many lives of troubled walkers and climbers. She started training when she was 6 months old and works purely on scent. Misty knows which way the wind is blowing and could run right pass you without indicating you. It would not be until she completed her search area she would pick your scent. Some people have said it was the most amazing feeling to hear the bells shes wears and then see a search and rescue dog find them. Put your hands together for Misty.
The team operates a number of vehicles all purpose built for mountain rescue adventures. Their isa control vehicle and it is known as control for a reason. This is the centre of communications for the team and has a mast that it deploys to pick up all of the communications.
There are a number of different radio systems on board to communicate with emergency services and the RAF Sea King helicopters.
Something else very special about this vehicle is the GPS mapping technology installed. When a search team is out on the mountain side either attending a rescue or searching for missing people the Control vehicle will always know where the team is by the GPS radios they wear. Very smart!
The rescue team also have impressive Land Rovers called a mobile, this is because it can get anywhere. It can carry up to 5 personnel including advanced life saving equipment. Let me tell you they are a lot of fun to drive when they are not in transit to an emergency with the blue lights and sirens blaring. You can find more about the team vehicles: Here
I hope you have enjoyed this months blog, don't forget you can hook up with me anytime at @Rexd0g on twitter, come along and say hello!