The Haute-Savoie firefighters and dog handlers have just had an intense week. Each year, they meet for a consolidation training organized by the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (Sdis) 74. A precious week of training, both for the masters and for the dogs.
“We’re going to put the dog in lots of different situations to bring out the best in him. The but is also to make it progress, to improve its performance and then to establish lines of work, ”said Staff Sergeant Térence Eymard this Friday, June 17.
In total, the department of Haute-Savoie has 12 dog handlers. All are mobile and travel all year round according to the needs of the interventions. Their specialties? The search for buried people, the missing, and the search for submerged people (lakes and rivers). And to prepare for the worst, the week of June 13 to 17, firefighters and their dogs traveled to Haute-Savoie.
On Monday, head for Les Voirons, in Saint-Cergues in the Annemasse conurbation, to search for missing persons. The next day, they set off for Eteaux and Ambilly, in disused buildings, to search for people and cross rubble. Then, on Wednesday, they went to Salève. “Often, we call on specialized groups to support us. Like at Salève with the mountain group where we did orientation exercises and also rope work, ”continues the staff sergeant. They ended their week with training at Lake Annecy and at Chevaline, for the rescue of submerged people.
A whole program that allows dogs and firefighters to stay alert all year round. On average, the Haute-Savoie firefighters and dog handlers make about sixty outings a year to rescue the inhabitants.