Firefighter from Ceará ready to train new rescue dog for Brazilian battalion

November 8, 2023

A new chapter for rescue dogs

Corporal Lianderson de Santiago Girão, a firefighter with the Dog Search Company – CBCÃES of the Search and Rescue Battalion in Ceará, Brazil, has completed a specialized course in search and rescue with dogs.

This training, essential for preparing dogs to save lives, was conducted at the end of October by the Military Fire Department of Mato Grosso (CBMMT).

The course spanned from October 20th to 30th, 2023, in Cuiabá, the capital city of Mato Grosso state.

Training to save lives

The 3rd Dog Search, Rescue, and Rescue Course (CBRESC) welcomed 32 military firefighters from multiple Brazilian states, and its completion marks a step forward for Girão in his mission to train rescue dogs.

The financial backing of the Secretariat of Public Security and Social Defense (SSPDS) through the Social Development Fund (FDS) was crucial for the course’s realization, underlining the value placed on such specialized training programs.

A Belgian Malinois named Clark will benefit from Girão’s recent training. Clark was bred and selected at CBCÃES with the intent to become a CBMCE Rescue Dog.

His lineage and early care were meticulously managed to prepare him for his vital future role.

With the completion of the course, Girão is now officially qualified to be Clark’s handler and lead his training in search and rescue operations.

Captain Eliomar Cordeiro Alves elaborated* on the significance of the training: “The training and specialization of military firefighters for service with rescue dogs represent the first crucial steps in the journey of a puppy who aspires to be a rescue dog.”

He spoke highly of Clark and Girão, pointing to the comprehensive process Clark underwent and the high expectations for their service to society.

Corporal Girão offered an overview of the Training: “the 3rd Search, Rescue and Rescue Course with Dogs in the State of Mato Grosso (CBRESC-MT) represented a milestone in its technical improvement.”

The curriculum covered a range of essential topics, preparing the participants to train and work proficiently with rescue dogs.

Girão is now poised to enhance Clark’s abilities further and contribute to rescue efforts with confidence and motivation stemming from the rigorous training they both have received.

FSJA Comment

The training of rescue dogs and their handlers is a fundamental aspect of disaster response and emergency situations.

The readiness of such teams can mean the difference between life and death in crises.

Programs like the CBRESC reflect a commitment to excellence in public safety and disaster readiness.

Successful completion of this training by a firefighter from Ceará highlights the collaboration and advancement in rescue operations across states, benefiting not only local communities but also setting a precedent for international rescue dog training protocols.

*Please note that this article may have been translated using automated software; unintended translation errors may be present.

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