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Scotland Part 4 (The Final Instalment)

Well we have reached the last section, so my final recap..

  • Me = Bryn
  • Travelled to Scotland to meet Stuart and his team (Trossachs SAR) who are sponsored by Wagg (see the link)
  • Dad and Typist keep needing to be rescued (may not bring them next time)

The final thing Stuart had lined up to teach us about was accelerant dogs. Now these dogs are trained to find accelerants which have been used to start a fire, and Jonathan and Flint demonstrated the test they do to ensure that the accelerant dogs are detecting accelerants and not just any burnt hydrocarbons (big long word from me!)

I think Flint was pretty certain, and Dave (who was the assessor) confirmed that Flint had got it correct, not that I had any doubt in my anipal!

Before heading back to the Inn for a well-deserved rest, we were joined by one of the firemen that Stuart and his team work with (well typist had waited a long time to meet one) who confirmed what we already knew – that Stuart and his team (all volunteers) do an amazing job and are superstars!

Not the fireman from the story!

By the end of the day, I was relieved to be pushed (I don’t jump) back into the boot of the car as I was dead on my paws from so much excitement.

Before heading home on the Sunday, I spent some time getting to know Dave a bit better. He has two accelerant dogs and explained more to me about how his dogs’ work (he was not as easily to distract with sticks as Stuart) He explained that both his dogs are trained to detect minute traces of flammable liquids at fire scenes.

Dave, Flugga & Selkie (they are Wagg dogs too!)

Once the fire is out, (obviously) the dogs can be used to search the scene and will indicate the presence and location of any samples containing flammable liquids that need to be taken and sent for laboratory analysis. This can save a great deal of time in the investigation of fires especially the larges scenes particularly where there has been significant damage. As with the Search and Rescue dogs the training is all based on retrieving so in essence, what we call work, is just a game to the dogs (it really is a dogs life). In their work they are looking for what they associate to be their toys and when they smell it they tell me by what is call a passive indication, they sit and look at it, so that the evidence is not disturbed or destroyed.

That Dave really knew his stuff, and that explains why he was the one carrying the clip board doing the assessments. I got him to pose with typist for some pictures (aint they good) before saying our goodbyes.

Your meant to be looking at me guys!!!

I guess that will have to do!

Before starting the long drive home, dad decided to show typist and I a bit more of Scotland as this was our first trip over the border. We started off with a trip to Loch Katrine

It was stunning!

where I had a good run

Action shot!

And ended the day with a paddle in Loch Lomond (and yes they insisted on singing the song – badly!)

“On the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond….”

When we started on the long drive back to Thirsk, I decided to catch some zz’s and let dad and typist take control, after all I had been working very hard all weekend


Scotland – Part 3 (The Burger Van & Other Stuff)

Recap (just encase you aint paying attention – you listening at the back?)

  • I is still Bryn ( Daltons roving reporter extraordinaire)
  • We are with our furiends Trossachs Search and Rescue team in Scotland (they are a bit ace!)
  • Rescued dad from field (quite impressive)
  • Rescued typist from river (just as impressive)
  • I played fetch (highlight of day)
  • Are now hunting for the burger van??!!

 Yes my furiends an actual burger van, where the two legs ate burgers and haggis and sausages and drank cups of tea and I got nowt. I will have to reread my contract!

It actually exsists!

So once they had all stuffed their faces we headed off to our second fire station of the day (at this news I thought typist was going to faint!) to do some enclosed spaces rescues, at this news typist nearly did faint as she is not a fan of small places.

So yet again typist and dad changed clothes (3rd change for typist, 2nd for dad) and set off on their hands and knees. Stuart knew I was more into sticks than small details so he didn’t do a lot of explaining on how these searches work; however I assume it is the same principal as an open area search using smells on wind, and guiding the handler in to the body.

Is you ready dad, they is coming?!

Once typist and dad were in position we sent in Gayle and Taz, who did a super job of rescuing them both and making sure typist was still breathing.


She looks alive to me

And then we sent in Iain and Glen, and as typist was getting acclimatised she remembered to take some photos

Look at the boots! I want some


Well done Glen

and a video of being found

Stuart did distract me from my stick long enough to tell me that all the training is carried out as play, with the reward being a favourite toy. What an ace idea!!

Once we had rescued dad and typist for the second time,

O there you are, No i wasn’t worried, ok maybe a bit!

I got them to pose for some group photos

Did someone say Cheese??

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