16:38 Thursday 05 December 2013

Dog handler Dave and his plucky border collie, Red, become qualified search and rescue team

Written byMARK MCKAY

A PLUCKY canine has made the grade to become a qualified search dog with a volunteer rescue team.

Dog handler Dave Barley and his search dog, Red, have achieved the national standard to become the first graded search dog team for Staffordshire Search and Rescue.

Dave, a dedicated search and rescue volunteer, has raised Red, a two-year-old border collie, since he was just eight-weeks-old.

The pair have worked together for the last 18 months to pass a gruelling training programme and rigorous assessment exams to make the grade.

They are now on standby seven days a week and can be called out at a moments notice to locate vulnerable missing people across the county.

Staffordshire Search and Rescue is a team of dedicated volunteers with specialist training to locate and rescue missing people in urban and rural lowland areas across Staffordshire.

The team is authorised by Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit.

It is also a member of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue.

For more information visit www.ssart.org/

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