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Search and Rescue dogs complete huge exercise in Brightlingsea

Search and Rescue dogs from across the UK took on a challenging two-day exercise in Brightlingsea over the weekend.

The exercise, which is the biggest of its kind in the country and involved both fire and rescue service and police dogs from as far afield as Scotland, saw the dogs put through their paces for important training.

Led by Graham Currie, Search and Rescue Dog Handler, the event saw handlers lead their dogs onto high-speed boats from Brightlingsea sea front on Saturday across to Mersea Island, where they began a search of several acres for ‘casualties’.

Despite challenging conditions, the animals braved the wind and rain to successfully complete the first part of the task.

On day two, the dogs then carried out a more routine search of a nearby school grounds.

Representing Essex County Fire and Rescue Service was Cocker Spaniel Jarvis, the Service's Search and Rescue dog. 

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