Heartland Fire & Rescue Engineer Matt Kirk and his search dog Stella passed their second recertification last weekend in Ontario. The team performed in hot and windy conditions that were less than ideal.
Matt and Stella found all of the victims that were hidden in half the time and were the only ones to find all of the victims! Only 50% of the dogs that tested that day were successful in passing the test.
Did You Know?
There are 230 certified search dogs in the United States
55 of them are in California
63% of them are Labradors
The average age of a search dog is 6.5 years