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MAKE OUR DOGS INDISPENSABLE DURING
MOUNTAIN RESCUE
DOGS AND HUMANS
SAVE LIVES
The primary objective of rescue dog work in mountain rescue is the optimized training of operational teams consisting of dogs and dog handlers in order to save lives.
The Mountain Rescue Tirol currently has 61 trained avalanche and search dog teams.
The dog unit of the Mountain Rescue Tirol has a diverse area of responsibility which demands much from the dog as well as the dog handler. The teams are trained in a multi-tiered training program which lasts a minimum of three years and focuses on the search for buried individuals and missing persons in inaccessible alpine terrain.

Electronic means used in the search for buried and missing persons are becoming more and more prevalent in winter sports which allow for a rapid and precise pinpointing of the accident location. In the event that one of these devices fail to function or the sportsman is not carrying it with him, then the trained search dog is often the only means by which a large surface within an avalanche or an open area can be searched without having to use an excessive level of human resources.
 
Insights into the work of the dog unit
PDF Info on Sense of Smell
How do our search dogs
locate people in distress?
PDF Requirements
and Training
How can me and my dog
become part of the dog unit?
PDF Checklist for
avalanche operations
Search dogs as an important part of the
"systematic search avalanche
operations for avalanche victims"
I am in the team with my dog to help people.
"The combination of my hobbies as an avid mountain climber and dog owner provide me the drive for the time-consuming job as an avalanche dog handler."
Martin F.