The Disaster Search Dog-Handler Team of Porto City Hall, set up by elements of Porto Firefighter's Battalion performed operational special training drills, jointly with the Lisbon Firefighters Battalion.
This initiative was carried out between 30th September and 2nd October and it involved a total of 13 elements; from Porto, the mission included eight operatives and four dogs, and from Lisbon, the mission comprised five operatives and seven dogs. The training also featured three operational vehicles for logistic support.
These detection and rescue missions are extremely complex and the training scenario was set up in different places and situations, which enabled the assessment of the team's preparedness for this type of action.
These are important training initiatives as they are built in specific patterns and technical procedures for a special purpose, namely highly specialized and complex rescue missions.