Rescue dog in the State Fire Service (draft rules)

Brief and basic, but interesting for some: The RCL website offers new rules that define where it comes from and how it works. Rescue dog serving in the State Fire Service – to the right to retire through selection, training and examination (draft regulations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Administration on dogs used in rescue operations)

The draft is undoubtedly the result of changes in the law that came into force (see “Act on the support of veteran dogs after the end of their service”), and in some general details it consists of the following:

  • conditions What kind of dog can be a rescue dog serving in the fire brigade – here it is mentioned in the draft regulations Only 14 special dog breeds, which can be rescue dogs, From the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever to German and Dutch Shepherds, as well as Belgian Shepherds “Tervuerren” (sic!) and malinois, Border Collie, Airedale Terrier and Medium and Giant Schnauzer;

para. Order No. 5 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration on dogs used in rescue operations (design)
1. Rescue dogs must be registered with the International Cynological Federation (FCI).
2. The following breeds of rescue dogs are identified: (…)

  • (funny: the rules in force are about 25 species, so a lot came out; treated collectively with the Dutch (long-haired, short-haired), but the Belgians did not get groenendael (on the current list).) and laekenois – they are borderline, but still are also not Australian cattle dog, Kelpie and others. – probably proves that this document was written on the knee in accordance with the existing legislation);
  • uncertainties persisted: because the project envisages it “Rescue dogs must be registered with the International Cynological Federation (FCI)” – As far as I know, no dog is registered with the FCI (most can be registered with a national association that is a member of the FCI) – so why weren’t there four-legged dogs whose breeders were united in other organizations? in parentheses ??
  • but from a third party Must be a rescue dog of the State Fire Service “Certificate issued by the affiliated organization” In the FCI – only “In the case of dogs” Registered with the FCI – This may indirectly suggest that other dogs are allowed (the draft, of course, does not have a similar provision in force at the moment – allowing the training of a dog of another breed if it has “individual innate tendencies” (2012). Item 3 (4) of the Order);

para. Paragraph 3 of the Regulations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the above-mentioned dogs used in rescue operations 1 (design)
There are rescue dogs:
1) A certificate issued by an organization affiliated with the International Cynological Federation (FCI) in respect of dogs referred to in § 5 sec. 1

  • (but again: the same paragraph 3 of the regulation only refers to paragraph 1 of paragraph 5 – which means that even a dog that is not registered with the FCI must be one of the breeds in the true sense of the word … I have enough trouble here I see!);
  • which is clear: there may be dogs serving in the rescue unit service dogs – these are the ones purchased by the State Fire Service for training on breeding farms (the procedure describes very clearly which cat can be taken as a service dog) and contract dogs – ie those who are privately owned by the firefighter, as well as those who have a first-class demolition qualification;
  • The project envisages that the guardian of a service dog can be an officer selected by the commission, and as part of the training, such a candidate will undergo a 6-month internship in a specialized search and rescue team. to be crowned by the candidate’s assessment;
  • service dogs live at home with a guardianhe is also the first person to care for a decommissioned quadruped; Such a retired dog who has served for at least 5 years is also entitled to certain benefits (including compulsory rabies vaccination, deworming, etc.);
  • going back advertising rem: the conditions of the specialty do not change – it will happen again demolition specialty (“Includes dogs designed to search for people trapped under rubble and landslides”) and field specialization (“Designed to search for hard-to-reach and missing people in forested areas”);
  • division into two classes of rescue specialties: class 0 gives the team the right to additional training and inspection, class I states that the team can participate in rescue operations (see “Rescue dog (in the fire brigade)”);
  • is true: the project maintains this principle works in a team – ie guide + rescue dog – there must be a team (not a dog) that meets the relevant conditions for rescue operations;
  • The draft regulations describe in detail the process of 4-stage training and exams (they are carried out). “In any weather, at any time of the day or night”), here The following qualities should be assessed, such as the dog’s motivation and ability to work independently, the ability to locate and mark people, psychophysical abilities, endurance, physical fitness and ability to overcome obstacles, obedience and managerial ability. sharp remote, as well as resistance to external stimuli (“Disruptive appearance” or simply distracting);
  • The new rules should specify in detail the service standards and tariffs for service and contract dogs (for example, a dog weighing more than 20 kg should eat 13 PLN in summer and 16 PLN in winter).

According to the draft, the new rules should come into force on December 21, 2021.

(pictured, of course, long-haired Dutch Shepherds, photo: Olgierd Rudak, CC-BY 2.0)

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