Out with SARDA Scotland yesterday at the Lecht

As President of SARDA Scotland I at last managed to get a day with them on a training day. They had been out training at the Lecht ski area all weekend. The heat was hard going for the dogs and the handlers so they had to be careful in the heat.

I left early in heavy mist but it cleared on the Dava Moor and headed up via Tomintoul to the Lecht. There was a big turnout and as it was the second day of training the heat was taken into consideration. The group split into 4 search areas on the hill and casualties (bodies) are out for the dogs to find. It’s a long day for the bodies all who volunteer to do this essential work. They are to be thanked for their huge efforts.

The Lecht SARDA

I have worked with SARDA for many years in Mountain Rescue and they have always impressed how they are as an organisation. For many years I watched how hard they worked on Call outs on the hills. SARDA handlers and Dogs came from all over Scotland for many of the big incidents. Most stayed overnight in basic vans and when I was in the RAF we tried to ensure that we were there if needed.

The training of a dog and handler is a long process and it was wonderful seeing how the dogs work. From the young new trainee dogs to the fully qualified ones. To watch a dog working a hillside with its handler always amazes me and to see the dogs and handlers joy at a find. The enthusiasm of all is a great thing to see and the closeness of the families and helpers involved is a great thing to see. I coughed my way up to the 4 search areas and was so impressed at the effort by all and the guidance given to the new handlers and dogs.

Despite the heat and the hard day yesterday a lot of effort was put in by all. Many had long journeys home after the weekend training and after a debriefing all headed for home. The weather was forecast was for thunder and rain but we were on our way home when it arrived. The ground needs the rain and the thunder and lightning was impressive.

It’s great to meet up with so many good folk who are helping in a very troubled world. We can be so upset with the Media just now and all the awful news about. Yet there are so many unpaid volunteers like SARDA who are there to help. It gives you faith in the so many good folk about.

SARDA Scotland (SCIO) is a Scottish charity which trains dogs and their handlers to search for missing persons.

Waiting for there Search Areas

We are part of Scottish Mountain Rescue. Our dogs and handlers support Mountain Rescue Teams in their search for missing people and the Police in searching for vulnerable missing people. The handlers are all volunteers.

We cover all of Scotland, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
We are supported by Burns Pet Nutrition and St John Scotland. We are members of Scottish Mountain Rescue.

To donate to SARDA Scotland, please visit our Just Giving page.  

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About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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