Rescue dogs

Deliberate La Nucia disaster area provides vital training for rescue dogs

RESCUE TRAINING: Jessica Gommans, La Nucia Animal Welfare Advisor, with UME members Photo credit: La Nucia Town Hall

SPAIN’s Military Emergency Unit (UME) recently returned to the municipal training ground of La Nucia for rescue dogs.

La Nucia Animal Welfare Councilor Jessica Gommans visited UME members during their two-day instruction course, which was able to continue despite poor weather conditions.

As in the past, the UME dog training team and canine units spent two days at the training ground, coordinated by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) 13. This non-governmental organization conducts search and rescue operations with dogs both nationally and internationally, and is also involved in social programs and projects.

The La Nucia site, constructed from beams, pillars and rubble from demolished buildings, deliberately resembles a disaster area and is used by various branches of the emergency services to train their rescue dogs.

One of the few of its kind, the training ground located on land adjoining the municipal animal shelter is regularly visited by search and rescue teams from all over Spain and abroad.