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Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

Rescue Dogs Certified 09 December 2015

Rescue Dogs Certified

AFAD chief presents official certificates to search and rescue dogs.

Ankara, 8 December 2015 – Search and rescue dogs and their trainers have received official certificates upon successfully completing a proficiency test held in Samsun on 9-27 November 2015.

Following six months of training and two weeks of tests, 17 out of 32 participating dogs have been awarded official certificates. The most successful participants were Erdem Kafkas’ Sintra, Ersin Ünverin’s Chivas and Niyazi Özbek's Naz.

Speaking at the official ceremony, AFAD President Dr. Fuat Oktay said that search and rescue dogs were a key part of response teams and reiterated the Authority’s commitment to certifying successful dogs in the future: “The search and rescue dogs we have certified will provide critical support to first responders in earthquakes and even war.”

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