The NDRF Canine Squad is supported by highly trained canines and canine handlers whose proficiency is attained through rigorous certification in urban search and rescue which is highly instrumental in the successful completion of search and rescue operation, writes ABHAY SINGH.
Trapped under debris, and losing all hope of getting rescued? Don't lose heart, because NDRF canines are there to take you out from the death trap. In December 2016, the rescue operation after the Kanpur train accident went on for several hours. When the rescuers thought that it was all over, with no one else to rescue from the mangled bogies of the train, suddenly "Boney" a male Labrador started barking giving rescuers a hint that there was a chance of someone alive in the ruins. Losing no time the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel ran towards the area and started removing the parts of the train and found a child still breathing. It was not one occasion but in the same accident "Boney" rescued two more persons from the same train by sniffing. For the excellent work in a rescue operation, "Boney" was awarded "canine of the year 2016".