The rescuers from the NADMA and related government agencies have been working tirelessly since the Batang Kali landslide. While we salute the search and rescue (SAR) team for their hard work and challenges during the rescue mission, the team’s best friend, the K9 sniffer dog detection unit, is also working with unfaltering spirit and determination.
K9 sniffer dog passes out during rescue mission
A sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
The sense most used by detection dogs is the smell.
A K9 sniffer dog named “Blake” which is an English springer spaniel had been working for two days straight before passing out due to exhaustion.
Blake was not injured
According to Kosmo!, Blake was forced to take a break from the rescue mission due to overtime work. The director of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) Selangor Datuk Norazam Khamis reassured that Blake needed a break but was not injured.
Hence, we will let the sniffer dogs take turns joining the rescue mission. We will start with three sniffer dogs first, then add the rest,” he reportedly said.
He also shared that there are currently 11 tracking dogs on standby at the scene to assist the rescue mission.
Out of the 11 dogs, 6 belong to the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia(JBPM), 4 from Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and 1 from the Malaysian Armed Force.
He added that his team may request the addition of sniffer dogs if necessary.
Thank you, Blake for working tirelessly during the rescue mission, take some time to rest!
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