Man’s best friend becomes a search and rescue expert

Jarlath Folan and Syd

The notion of ‘man’s best friend’ has never rung more true following recent success by a local volunteer and his four-legged companion in a search and rescue assessment.

Jarlath Folan from Knocknacarra in the city and his dog Syd passed official assessment by the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA) on April 7, allowing them to be called upon to assist Gardaí, Irish Mountain Rescue and Coastline agencies across the country in locating missing people.

Jarlath and Syd, a four-year-old labrador, have spent the last number of years training for the assessment.

“It takes about two years to get a dog up to the standard required, and that’s removing any hiccups that may occur along the way,” Jarlath said.

Jarlath has been a member of the Galway Mountain Rescue Team for a number of years, leading him to discover search and rescue dogs.
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