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The West Australian

Does your dog have what is takes to step and help out when disaster strikes?

The Department of Fire and Rescue is recruiting dogs and handlers for its urban search and rescue canine unit.

Successful animals will be trained to find survivors trapped in collapsed buildings after disasters like earthquakes and cyclones.

“No technology exists today which proves to be as reliable, efficient and effective as the canine nose in performing this vital job,” reads a Facebook post by the unit.

Ian and Stan are part of DFES’ urban search and rescue canine unit.Picture: Picture: USAR K9/Facebook

“It is said that one well trained search dog is the equivalent of 60 search and rescue workers.”

Dogs commonly recruited for this work include German shepherds, Labradors and border collies.

No experience is necessary and DFES will provide all the training needed.

Applications close at 4pm on Thursday.

For more information visit visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/k9

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