Seven search and rescue dogs of the Izmir Fire Department continue their training in order to find the creatures that are buried or lost as soon as possible. Seven dogs also participated in the search and rescue activities that started right after the October 30 Izmir earthquake.
Scout, Beti, Asil, Night, Mars, Megi and Cini, who work in the Dog Search Unit affiliated to the Search and Rescue Branch of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Fire Department, continue their training in order to find the creatures that are under the dent or disappear as soon as possible. The Köpekli Search Unit participated in the search and rescue activities that started right after the October 30 Izmir earthquake and went to the region with the search and rescue team of the Izmir Fire Department after the 22 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Akhisar district of Manisa on January 2020, 5,4.
Dog Search Team Leader İbrahim Yılmaz, who stated that dogs that went through difficult training participated in all kinds of missing cases and search and rescue efforts initiated after the earthquake, said, “Especially in the reports that children, the elderly or people with Alzheimer's are lost in the forest or in the mountains, dogs can sometimes do the work of 20 people in a much shorter time. . Human life is very important to us. We race against time to find a missing person. At such times, our dogs make it easier for us to search.
"Our dogs are our children"
Noting that dogs are like their children, İbrahim Yılmaz explained the things that should be considered during training with the following words: “The risk of losing the dog in the forest is very high. Therefore, we need to be able to discipline the dog very well during the training here. It has to come every time you call. Certain techniques are required for this. It is very important to socialize animals. Because in nature, animals can encounter everything. "
"Dogs are our source of life"
Dog trainer Mesut Karaboğa stated that they experienced different emotions during the search and rescue and said, “The joy of bringing a person back to life is a wonderful feeling. Our dogs are very educated. They are taken and raised when they are young. People are used to the smell. Dogs are our lifeblood. We touch human life together with them, ”he said.
Dog trainer Dinçer Bağrıyanık, on the other hand, said that they are looking for missing people together with the dogs and said, “It is an incredibly nice feeling to help people and to get them out of their difficult situation. Happening. You connect people to life again. "It is an indescribable happiness."