Searching for stronger skills
The Geelong and Bellarine Units of Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) refined their search and rescue capabilities in a recent training exercise at Portarlington, where 11 SES volunteers simulated a search for two lost bushwalkers.
They were joined by The Muttley Crew - a committed group of dog owners who train their dogs in tracking. They brought their experience, skills, and dedication to bear alongside SES.
Started four years ago, the Muttley Crew comprises of a small group of extremely dedicated dog owners who meet twice a week to hone their dogs' tracking skills. Recently, Deputy Controller Jan Jensen of the Geelong Unit joined up with their group and suggested a potential use for their unique talents.
As the SES team began their search, the canine team picked up the trail of the lost bushwalkers and took off in pursuit. Following items left by the bushwalkers, both teams eventually located the casualties. The casualties were then rescued by SES and taken to a safe location.
SES Commander Stephen Sennett said the exercise was a valuable learning experience.
“Canine tracking capabilities are something Geelong and Bellarine SES have never used before. We learned some valuable lessons about how our groups can work with each other, and also got to know each other a lot better,” he said.
The SES is always interested in new people joining. to find out how to get involved visit our Volunteer page.