O2 is proud to support NSARDA

You might be surprised to know that over 250,000 people go missing each year in the UK according to Home Office figures.  They go missing in all kinds of terrain; from hill walkers lost in mountainous or rural areas to the elderly and victims of crime in urban areas – in fact almost anywhere you can imagine.

Whatever and wherever the need, NSARDA Search Dogs are called-upon to help find these people. They work with Mountain and Lowland Rescue Teams or often, directly for the Police and other Emergency Services.

The National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA) is an umbrella organisation representing all the Search Dog Associations in the UK, Isle of Man and Eire.  Despite the critical role these associations play, each of them is an entirely voluntary, charitable organisation responsible for the training and deployment of search and rescue dogs.

Search Dogs are specially trained to find missing people by various means such as air scenting, trailing and tracking. To train a search dog usually takes about 2-3 years from new puppy to qualified Search Dog.  With their amazing sense of smell, speed and agility it’s estimated that Search Dogs can typically do the work of around 20 foot searchers in good conditions and many more in poor conditions.  In ideal conditions a dog can pick up a human scent from about 500 metres.

At present, there are more than 100 qualified search dogs within NSARDA, all on 24-hour call, 365 days of the year – all ready for immediate deployed in both rural and urban areas by 4×4 vehicles and even helicopters, in remote or difficult to reach areas, enabling them to get on with the job straight away whilst other search resources are being coordinated.

O2 is proud to support NSARDA with their essential technology needs. With NSARDA, opening up the possibilities of technology isn’t just important; it really can make the difference between life and death.

The simple truth is that there’s a vulnerable person out there and it’s up to us and the dogs to find them. The emergency services rely on us to assist them and we have to be ready, whenever the call comes.”  Harold Burrows MBE, Chairman of NSARDA

Watch a short film about the amazing work of NSARDA here

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