Dexter and Gerry took part in a multi-agency exercise at Waterford Airport yesterday evening(Sat.). Order of Malta simulated an air crash with multiple casualties and Coast Guard and HSE staff and ambulances were deployed to cope with the exercise casualties. Triage stations and evacuation of casualties were the order of the day with large numbers of rescue personnel involved including the Coast Guard Heli(117).The airport was closed during the exercise and Dex and Gerry were tasked to locate an exercise casualty who had gone missing. We were accompanied by a team of five people while we searched around the perimeter of the buildings and the apron at the airport and found the casualty within a short while hiding under an oil tank at the back of the heli base. Dex didn`t let the noise of the helicopter, smell of aviation fuel or oil distract him, which is lucky considering Gerry was extremely distracted!! Everyone seemed to be pleased with Dexter`s work and had loads of questions about how we train our dogs.
We hope to continue with these type of exercises in the future.