TRAINING DAY: Police pooches put through their paces

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RESCUERS: GEA members at the La Nucia training ground. Photo credit: La Nucia town hall

THE GEA search and rescue groups from Cadiz and Alicante joined USAR 13 on a training day in La Nucia.

All use specially-trained dogs in rescue operations following natural disasters and the session at La Nucia’s Search and Rescue Dogs Training Centre was an exercise in improving coordination and teamwork while optimising time and resources.

Local search and rescue group USAR 13 and the GEA groups, which have branches in several Spanish cities, are non-profitmaking volunteer associations who use their specially trained dogs in rescue operations.

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The training ground resembles a disaster area after an earthquake, with tunnels, pits and hollows created from the rubble, pillars and rafters of demolished building as well as boulders and other materials.

The municipal installation in La Nucia is one of the few permanent training grounds for search and rescue dogs in Spain and is used by the Army’s UME emergency rescue unit as well as the different police forces.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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