In the wake of the recent Turkey-Syria earthquake, Singapore has been sending contingents out to take part in rescue efforts, which have also involved help from some fur friends.
Operation Lionheart, Singapore’s rescue operation which saw the deployment of reinforcements from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) last week, also brought in four well-trained canines to assist in the search and rescue.
The “highly intelligent” dogs are 2-year-old labrador retrievers Frenchy and Rizzo, 6-year-old labrador retriever Jack, and 5-year-old golden cocker spaniel Timmy.
They are partnered up with the contingent’s search specialists to search for survivors in confined spaces and buried in the rubble of the collapsed buildings using their sense of smell.
But SCDF said they are aware of the dangers they could face while on duty and assured that measures have been put in place to keep them safe like housing them in climate-controlled cargos, bringing them on walks, keeping them clean and feeding them nutritiously.
Each has its own thermal jacket and blanket to keep them warm. Look at Timmy strutting his.
In case they are in need of medical assistance, two doctors are also equipped with basic canine care.
Siblings Frenchy and Rizzo on Sunday were deployed to conduct searches at potential rescue sites. Catch them in action below.
Over 40,000 people have reportedly been killed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Singapore’s advance team of 20 officers helped rescue a boy who was trapped under rubble while another team of 48, including search and rescue teams and doctors, arrived later to rescue a man stuck under a large concrete slab of a 2-storey building.
Besides providing on-site help, a good amount of Singaporeans back home did their part by donating essentials to the Turkish Embassy of Singapore. They had to put a halt to the donations as the amount was too overwhelming.
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