The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department recently received a search dog donation from a local kennel.
After the department reached out to Grandview Labradors, located near Columbia, in the spring, owner Wes Irvin graciously donated the 7-week-old male Silver Labrador.
By fall of 2020, the fire department plans to have him certified as a search dog by Kentucky Emergency Management standards, which is an annual certification to maintain.
Adair County, one of the largest counties in south central Kentucky, is 406 square miles made up of various types of terrains.
“Anything we can use to aid in assisting with searches provides a better chance of success in finding the missing person(s), and having a search dog can provide a positive outcome by reuniting missing family members back to their loved ones quickly,” said Captain Brandon Harvey.
The Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department established a Technical Rescue Team in 2008 and has been providing rescue services such as rope rescue, swift water rescue, grain bin rescue, search and rescue and dive rescue to the citizens of Adair County.
The department is looking into animal care with a local vet, and has also received the donations of formal search dog training, valued more than $3,500.00 and an insulated doghouse.
The fire department reached out to the community on Facebook to assist in naming the search dog.
“We were overwhelmed by community support and comments,” said Harvey.
Members of the department voted on the names that were provided by community members on Facebook and ultimately chose the name “Sparky G”.
The department plans to host events educating the public further about benefits of a Search & Rescue dog in the future.
“Having a search dog that is committed only to looking for missing persons will provide our communities an advantage when it comes to missing, lost or overdue persons,” said Mike Keltner, Adair County Emergency Management Director.
The department has applied for other grants to aid in Search & Rescue Operations.