Welcome to the Western Australian State Emergency Service Canine Section

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Canine Section Winter Training Camp 2015

What a busy but fun filled winter camp in Karrakup for the SES Canine Section. Among the weekend's exercises included night searches, first aider/responder (when locating a casualty on a search), map and navigation work, radio communications as well as games and bonding with fellow team members, both human and canine alike. The dogs loved searching through the bushland through wet conditions and even located a couple of local scout groups!
All in all a fantastic weekend. It was great for teams to consolidate learnt skills and techniques and also to engage in some social time.
Special thanks to Rosie & Cathryn for organising the venue, to Leonie for coordinating, to Stephanie for organising social games, to all 'bodies' for hiding, Matt for keeping us well fed and to all members who pitched in.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Two New Area Search Teams

Sunday 19th April saw the successful grading of Rosie & Atlas and Cathryn & Holly, becoming new operational area search teams. Both teams were successful with their assessment searches overseen by WA Police dog handler, George Bogunovich and Canine Section assessor/SME, Ian Spreckley. Both teams have put in many, many hours of training and have worked very hard to get to this point and should be proud of their new operational status.
A special thank you to George for being an assessor, to our DFES District Officer Kate Parkey for all your help and support, to Josh, Tegan and Katie and all 'bodies' who gave up their time to hide for the dogs today and all involved in the lead up to this assessment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Congratulations to advanced handler Chris and Loki who were successful with their assessment this morning and have now become an operational scent-specific tracking team. Chris is also our first member to become a dual-handler, having both an area search dog, Piper and a scent-specific tracking dog, Loki.
Thank you to 'dogs bodies' Josh, Robert and Stephanie and to assessors Barry from the WA Police Dog Squad and our Subject Matter Expert, Ian. Thank you to our DFES District Officer Kate for your presence as well.
** STANDBY** Area search teams Chris & Piper and Steph & Karma are on standby for deployment to the Sandstone search tonight.

Monday, February 16, 2015

SESVA: Manhon to the Rescue


Successful search for disabled man

***CALL OUT Saturday 14th February 2015 ***

3 area search teams and 1 scent-specific tracking team assisted WAPOL and fellow SES teams with the search for a 61 yo intellectually disabled man in the High Wycombe area . 

***All teams have now been stood down after scent-specific tracking team Glenys and Manhon were SUCCESSFUL in locating the missing person***

A fantastic outcome for all involved. Well done teams!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Visit from the DFES Commissioner

We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner himself, Wayne Gregson and also our District Officer Kate Parkey, at Sunday's training session. We had cool conditions and all the search dogs, both area and scent-specific tracking were loving our training exercises.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WA Canine Section Annual Training Weekend- Donnybrook

Members of the Canine Section came together for a 3 day weekend of training in the south west of WA. This gave us all the opportunity to do some intensive training in a new environment whilst giving both handlers and dogs time for bonding and refining our search skills. 

We had a variety of training exercises including clearing and tracking through extensive paddocks, woodland and bushland. We also enjoyed searching in and around a large body of water. 

A very special thank you to Spearwood Valley Cottages for their excellent hospitality and to all who made this weekend possible. Thanks also to Bayswater Unit for lending us a 4WD and to our District Officer, Chris.