Today (17th April 2014) is the Sixty-Third birthday of the Peak district - "Happy Birthday!"
With 1,437 km² of Peak District National Park there's a lot of it to search if someone goes missing or gets lost. Such large expanses often mean a lot of person-power out on the hill searching.
|Search Dog Finn finds an exercise casualty|
For humans to effectively search an area, they need to be lined up so that everybody can see the person (and the ground) on either side.
There is however a faster, more effective way - Search Dogs. The Search And Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) are often called out to support search teams. As a rough statistic, one search dog (and handler) can cover about the same area as ten mountain rescue team members.
The search dogs "air-scent", meaning they track the scent/smell of humans drifting on the air. For this reason, they work down wind and other teams keep well out of their way so as not to distract them.The search dog team often consists of the dog, the handler and a navigator (allowing the handler to work the dog). It takes a lot of time and effort, and the right dog, to train a Search Dog and they are a valued and well respected resource.
If you're interested and want to find out more contact SARDA:
SARDA are always looking for willing volunteers to be "dogs bodies":
You can support Derby Mountain Rescue Team by:
You can support Mountain Rescue England and Wales by: