Search and Rescue Dog training at Alex Fraser Laverton

February 11, 2019

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Over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, Alex Fraser hosted the annual Search and Rescue Dogs Australia (SARDA) K9 Disaster Training Workshop at its Laverton recycling site.

SARDA founder and Head Trainer Julie Cowan said the creative and generous contribution of Laverton’s Simon Hoy, Todd Lister and Garry Baker had been instrumental to the workshop’s success.

“A huge thank you to Simon and his dedicated team who prepared the site for our workshop; transforming it into the ultimate disaster training ground for our dog teams to conquer.

“Our US trainers were so impressed with the thought that went into building the ‘hides’ that really pushed our dog teams to the next level,” said Julie.

 

Kerry and Tank, Rob and Ari, Andrew and Obi, US trainers Tracey and Eric Darling take a break while on site at Green Roads Laverton taking part in search and rescue training.
Kerry and Tank, Rob and Ari, Andrew and Obi, US trainers Tracey and Eric Darling take a break while on site at Green Roads Laverton taking part in search and rescue training.

Alex Fraser has proudly supported SARDA since 2012, supporting the dog teams’ training by sponsoring international trainers to come to Australia and share their experience.

This was the largest and most successful K9 Disaster Workshop to date, with 38 participants, including 18 search dog teams from around Australia.

Human Resources GM Jeff Burns said SARDA was a great match for Alex Fraser.

“It’s a unique and important community partnership. We can offer SARDA access to an ideal training ground which is very hard to find anywhere else. This is vital to enabling them to carry out their duties in the wake of any urban disaster.

“We just couldn’t do it without the support of the guys on site,” said Jeff.

“From site managers, to our machine operator, everyone plays a part. Special thanks to Caretaker Malcolm Dolman for helping with the site presentation and access over the weekend.”

Alex Fraser will continue to support SARDA in 2019.