The Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland, or SARDA is a volunteer organisation which trains dogs and their handlers to search for missing persons. They are used by Police and Mountain Rescue to locate missing people in the mountains or low ground areas, including children and people with dementia. They have handlers who are experienced mountaineers, and trained in casualty care and cover all of Scotland, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
SARDA work closely with Police Scotland only use and insure dogs trained by SARDA. In addition they are also working with the RAF. Furthermore, SARDA have been developing their training within ski areas establishing ways of moving the dogs around using button and t-bar tows, lowering dogs over cornices and moving through deep snow. which is where SARDA and BASP see an ideal collaboration.
We are delighted to annouce that we will be working with SARDA to establish training standards, structures and methods as required by our Association, our Resorts and our Ski Patrol Members. This is a very exciting development and is being headed up by Kate Hunter, Chief Ski Patroller at Glenshee and Chairman of BASP and her dog, Bode.
This exciting move means that any members of BASP can now train dogs alongside SARDA Scotland on a modified programme.
It also means dogs would be on scene sooner. Anyone who has been to a major avalanche knows what this means! A dog on scene immediately, a great tool for clearing slopes at the end of the day and a handy bit of kit for finding those lost off pisters!
BASP and SARDA are in discussions about how this will transpire but the main aim is to have SARDA Trained dogs working in all 3 Resorts; Nevis, Glencoe and Glenshee.
If you would like to learn more about this collaboration and possibly get involved, contact BASP for details.
SARDA Scotland is a registered charity, for more information, please click here.