Buzz, Man's Best Friend

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Champaign- Buzz, a 4 year old Golden Retriever, has been a Search and Rescue dog for all of his life.

His owner, Joan Brehm, the Sargent of the Canine Operations team for McLean County Emergency Management Assistance, began training him when he was just eight weeks ago.

He is certified in area searches, and first responder area searches, which means he can any type of natural disaster events on a local scale. Throughout his time as a Search and Rescue dog, he has been to various missing persons searches, and the Washington tornado.

While Buzz is a seasoned professional, it requires constant training to be on the top of his game. "I train buzz every single day, even if it's just a little obedience training", Joan said.

Buzz joined several over dogs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute Search and Rescue Dog Training, which gives dogs the chance to train in real life disaster scenarios.

"The more realistic you can make their training, the more realistic the leap will be from the training environment to the real world environment" Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Royal Morteson, said.

Search and Rescue dogs are required to be have their certification renewed every 1 to 2 years.

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