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El Paso County Search and Rescue K9s fly excessive for specialised coaching

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO ) — Over the weekend Search and Rescue K9s from El Paso, Teller, and Fremont Counties have been all strapped into harnesses and despatched airborne for specialised coaching.

No, this wasn’t a double-dog dare.

These canines have been rappelling mountains for work.

A rescue canine trains on the Tyrolean system.

“We put the canines into what’s known as the ‘Tyrolean system,'” stated Jay Christianson, Public Info Officer for El Paso County Search and Rescue. “It is actually only a approach to transfer one thing above someplace the place you possibly can’t entry, to someplace on the opposite aspect… Think about a river. The simplest approach to get a canine used to it, is to truly do it.”

A rescue canine trains with its handler on the Tyrolean system.

El Paso County Search and Rescue says figuring out find out how to navigate a climb earlier than an emergency rescue is the important thing to success.

“The character of backcountry search and rescue, is that it is backcountry,” stated Christianson. “We do not know precisely the place we will go. We have been flown in with our canines to the summits of mountains to assist search for individuals, then labored our method down. Typically you may get your self ready the place getting your self out is useful. Admittedly, it is not a quite common factor, however getting the canine into that scenario is useful.”

Whereas a lot of the canines thought the Tyrolean Traverse was fairly enjoyable, not all discovered flying to be a pure talent.

“Some canines, like my canine, actually do not care,” stated Christianson. “They’re actually sort of like, ‘Hey, I am up for no matter, it’s going to be enjoyable!’ Some canines undoubtedly take some follow to get used to it, and there are a whole lot of steps that we use to attempt to get them glad about it. Some canines won’t ever turn out to be actually glad about it, however they will tolerate it.”

A rescue pet trains on the Tyrolean system.

These canines are despatched out on missions with Search and Rescue to assist sniff out lacking individuals, and in addition human stays.

Crews imagine having the ability to cross any form of terrain with the K9s will solely pace up these missions, and hopefully result in extra searches with glad endings.

“We have now K9s who’re capable of finding individuals after prolonged durations of time in giant areas, and that is particularly what we practice them for,” stated Christianson. “It is a neighborhood useful resource, and Search and Rescue is one hundred pc volunteer. They’re our canines as nicely, and we love to have the ability to get out within the discipline and work with them.”

Search and Rescue additionally reminds individuals locally that their providers are utterly free.

“One of many largest particulars that we would wish to stress is Search and Rescue in Colorado is one hundred pc free to make use of, so if you’re in an emergency or assume you are about to be, please do name 911,” stated Christianson.

For extra details about El Paso County Search and Rescue, click on right here.

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