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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The WA SES Canine Unit Welcomes A New Graded Handler and Two Advanced Upgrades

 Newly Graded Area Search Team- Chris and Kelpie, Piper
 Leonie and Jemma, Glenn, Justin, Ian and Peter and Daisy
 Piper ready for a search!
 Border Collie, Jemma enjoys play time after a successful find.
Peter and Belgian Shepherd,  Daisy
 On Tuesday the 11th of September, after months of dedication and training, Chris and Piper were declared an operational area search and rescue team. Chris, Leonie and Peter took part in a number of assessments under the supervision of retired police dog handler Ian Spreckley, Justin Watts from the WA Police Unit and with the help of volunteers from Northshore SES.

Congratulations also to both Leonie and Jemma, Peter and Daisy who were also successful in passing their upgrade assessments and are now advanced area search and rescue teams.

The grading of Chris and Piper brings the number of on-call operational canine search and rescue teams to five, four of which are area search and one tracking search team. We hope this increase in the number of handlers on call, will enable us to support WAPOL and the SES with more and more searches and make a significant contribution to our community.

Thanks go to the assessors, Ian Spreckley, SES and Justin Watts, WAPOL. Also to our district manager Glen Hall who provided welfare on the day and most importantly thanks to the members of Northshore who ‘bodied’ for us. Congratulations again to Chris, Leonie and Peter for being rewarded for all your hard work and efforts.

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