Taiwan’s UN-certified search-and-rescue dogs a rarity in Asia, firefighters say

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2018
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Seven search-and-rescue dogs in Taiwan are UN-certified, the National Fire Agency’s

President Tsai Ing-wen, second row, third right, holds UN-certified search-and-rescue dog Le Le as she poses with the National Fire Agency’s Special Search and Rescue Team during an annual drill held to mark National Disaster Prevention Day at the Songshan Air Base Command yesterday.  Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Special Search and Rescue Team said yesterday as it took part in an annual drill held to mark National Disaster Prevention Day.

Taiwan has about 30 search-and-rescue dogs, spread across eight units, dog handler Chou Tsung-chi (周聰吉) said.

Of nine UN-certified search-and-rescue dogs in Asia, seven are in Taiwan and two are in Japan, he said, adding that it means they can be sent on humanitarian missions by the UN.

As the seven dogs have only recently been certified, they have not yet taken part in international rescue missions, Chou said.    [FULL  STORY]

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