Welcome to the Western Australia State Emergency Service Canine Unit

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from SES Dogs WA

The SES Search Dogs WA would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe new year!

By all means spoil your dog but please...

Remember to take care of your precious canines at this time of the year-steer away from chocolate (cocoa), onions, avocado, grapes/sultanas/raisins, alcohol and too much fat!

Also please keep your pooch hydrated during this hot period and NEVER leave your dog in the car-ever.

Please stay safe (and try not to get lost!),

State Emergency Service Search Dogs WA.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tour of new DFES Headquarters in Cockburn

Dog Handlers Peter Terkildsen, Leonie Briggs and Stephanie Briggs attended a tour around the brand new Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Headquarters last night in Cockburn. 

We met up with district managers and fellow team leaders and we were very lucky to see all the latest gadgets and equipment and set-ups in the emergency response centres, including the Regional Operations Centre and State Operations Centre.

Rest-assured WA is very equipped for major emergencies indeed!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Search in Mirrabooka

On Friday evening Area Search Team Steph and Labrador, Karma were called out to search for a missing man in Mirrabooka. After searching dense bushland around Mirrabooka Avenue for a few hours, the missing person was found in Karrinyup.

All in all a fantastic outcome for the missing person and his family who were worried for his welfare.

Thank you to Doug from Stirling for navigating for our canine search team.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Search in Midland

Leonie and border collie Jemma, Chris and kelpie Piper and navigator Kenneth were activated at 3.30pm yesterday (13/12) to go to Midland to search for a missing elderly person. It was Kenneth's first search. The teams searched areas around Midland and were returning to search base when the call came that the missing person had been found in Dianella. Great outcome.

Thanks for your efforts Leonie, Chris and Kenneth and thank you area search dogs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Search in Redmond Forest, NW of Albany

On Monday evening (10/12/12) scent specific tracking team Glenys and Manhon were called out to a search north west of Albany in Redmond Forest. The missing person had sustained injuries whilst on their dirt bike and became lost, as such the family and authorities were concerned for the well being of the MP.

Glenys and Manhon began their search from the site of the crash and followed the MP's scent along dense bushland and creek beds. The search was made difficult by poor radio reception and deep crossings along the creek. After many hours searching, the search team was stood down in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Fortunately not long after, the MP was eventually found and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Search Dogs on the job at Scarborough, Perth

On Sunday evening (2nd December) two area search canine teams were called out to a search in Scarborough. Both teams Chris and Piper and Peter and Daisy were searching various areas around Scarborough until late in the evening, when the missing person was found by a member of the general public. This was Chris and Piper's first official search since the team became operational in September.  Peter reported that the new team worked very well together.