Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service put dogcam to the test

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CAMERAS for rescue dogs are being tried out by the Urban Search and Rescue unit at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The wireless broadcast technology equipment, called Dogcam, will be strapped to search dogs working in rescue operations. An application called Paws will then allow the team to see through the eyes of the dogs.

It was put to the test at a simulated disaster scene created at Fort Widley, Portsmouth, with an experienced seven-year-old border collie, Byron.

Robin Furniss said: ‘It is not always possible for firefighters to enter a collapsed building due to the unstable nature of the structure.

‘On these occasions a dog can be sent in as they are lighter and able to move around more safely in these confined conditions. This technology would enable the firefighters outside to see the situation the dog is in.’