An international rescue dog exercise held in Ljubljana
The 22nd International Rescue Dog Exercise Ljubljana 2022 was held in the broader area of Ljubljana, which was organized in cooperation with the Slovenian Rescue Dog Handler Association (DVRPS).
The exercise, in which 250 participants from Austria, Croatia, Italy, Germany and Slovenia took part, was designed to imitate real-life circumstances in which the work of rescue dog handler teams is conducted. We checked the reception, housing and utilisation of foreign rescue assistance, the capabilities of handlers and their rescue dogs in the rubble and in the search for missing persons in nature as well as individual elements of rescue organization and protection, rescue and assistance management in line with MOL protection and rescue plans.
Rescue dog handler teams (made up of three handlers and three dogs) had to perform 10 tasks at various work locations in 17 hours of uninterrupted activities: 4 x searching for missing persons in ruins, 3 x searching for missing persons in nature, 1 x overcoming obstacles using the rope technique, 1 x offering first aid and 2 x conducting an orientation hike. Rescue dog handler teams had to be available for rescue during the entire exercise without being informed of the schedule, type of work or number of missing persons in advance.