The mountain rescue search dog associations in England and Wales (and those in Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man), have their roots in the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) which took shape in Scotland in 1965, inspired by the work of Hamish MacInnes, then team leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. Having witnessed the use of avalanche rescue dogs in Switzerland, he set up the first UK training course in Glencoe, in December 1964, and SARDA was formed the following year.
Initially, the organisation covered the whole of the UK but, by 1971, it had split across country lines into Scottish, English and Welsh associations. Currently, there are four mountain search dog associations specific to England and Wales: Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, SARDA South Wales and SARDA Wales.
The Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association (LDMRSDA) is dedicated to the training, developing and deploying of search dogs within the Lake District mountains and fells. All Lakes dog handlers are operational members of mountain rescue teams within the Lake District and must already be competent in first aid and survival in a mountainous…Read More