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Mountain rescue dog Elf was among the first in line to welcome a former police dog van donated by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles this week.
Handing the van over to Derbyshire Peak District Mountain Rescue Service at Police Headquarters in Ripley, Commissioner Charles commented: “The Service does a fantastic job, not only helping those who have got into many different types of difficulty, but helping the police too. “In 2012 they were called out to help the police on 180 occasions and donating this van seems a very small price to pay for the work they are doing for us all.” Elf, a Rough Collie, works with both canine and human colleagues in seven civilian rescue teams. The one-time police dog van will help them to find and rescue missing and injured people in the Peak District. Worth £2,000 at auction, the van comes ready equipped for use by a dog handler. Derby Mountain Rescue Team Leader Steve Hilditch said: “It’s really good that the Commissioner is continuing to support us in our efforts. We are a voluntary emergency service and we are available 52 weeks a year. “We’ve always had a good working relationship with the police and long may it continue.” Each team is a self-contained unit with its own vehicles and supplies. Members, who include qualified dog-handlers, are trained to go to the rescue in all kinds of terrain – from cliff to remote moorland.
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