Attard Scout Group Summer Camp – Fire and K9 Demo

August 3, 2012 in General

Whoever is, or has been, a scout knows what a summer camp means… fun and education tightly packed into 2 weeks of outdoor activities. During their summer camp in Rinella, on Thursday 2nd August 2012, the Attard Scout Group were treated to an information session by the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit. As with other fire awareness demonstrations, a small team of EFRU volunteers drove up with the unit’s fire engine and Team Leader Sandro Camilleri showed the various equipment and parts of the fire engine and explained their use. Sandro also added various important fire safety tips and reminded of the correct use of the emergency number 112. Fire is never to be underestimated, and emphasis on prevention is always a feature in EFRU fire awareness training.

However, the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit covers more rescue disciplines other than fire fighting. In fact, to the delight of the scouts present at the camp (especially the cubs), EFRU also took the opportunity to spread awareness about the role of Urban Search and Rescue Dogs, or USAR K9s as they are sometimes referred to. No sooner did the two Labrador dogs emerge from the fire engine than they were surrounded by the children and their leaders. Jade and Zea, belonging to the unit’s volunteers, were an instant hit! By the end of the session, the scouts were told about the use of dogs to search for missing people trapped under rubble or collapsed structures as well as how they are trained. A selected few also got to take part in a search demonstration by the dogs to close off the educational session by the EFRU team.

It was not time to relax yet for the EFRU volunteers though! As the scouts eagerly pointed out, not far away from the camp, there was a thick plume of smoke, and the team hopped into the fire engine on their way to see if assistance was required… ( Read Article )

Joe Bonnici
EFRU Volunteer and K9 Handler