Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Recruit Who Shows Dogged Determination ; Latest Search and Rescue Dog Is Just Ace

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Recruit Who Shows Dogged Determination ; Latest Search and Rescue Dog Is Just Ace

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FIREFIGHTERS think their new four-legged colleague is just - Ace.

Yellow labrador Ace is the newest search and rescue dog to join Greater Manchester's fire service.

After 18 months' rigorous training the three-year-old will be dispatched to disaster zones all over the world to hunt for survivors.

Ace will take over from current search-and-rescue dog Echo later this year. Dubbed 'the wonder dog', Echo is hanging up his lead after saving lives in disaster zones including Haiti, India and Pakistan.

Now Ace is taking up the collar, he will form part of a UKwide National Resilience Register as well as attending incidents around Greater Manchester.

Ace began his training as an 18-month-old pup at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's training academy in September 2011, passing with flying colours earlier this year. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service crew manager and dog handler Mike Dewar said: "Ace took to his early training really well and demonstrated all the characteristics that are required of a good search dog. …

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