Thanks fur ser­vice

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - Belinda Cipriano

THE Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices’ Ur­ban Search and Res­cue (USAR) team’s Ca­nine Unit cel­e­brated the re­tire­ment of its long­est serv­ing dog, bor­der col­lie Zena, at its Cock­burn Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­plex last month.

Hav­ing worked for USAR for about 11 years, Zena, un­der the guid­ance of han­dler and owner Michael Rooke, at­tended in­ci­dents in­clud­ing the 2010 Kings Park mud­slides and had ad­vance de­ploy­ments for cy­clones in WA’s north.

Mr Rooke, a vol­un­teer of 35 years with Jar­rah­daleSer­pen­tine, said Zena came into his fam­ily’s life when she was only three months old and from there she went through train­ing be­fore be­gin­ning her long ca­reer.

“She is pretty amaz­ing and a big part of a our fam­ily. Every­one knew and loved her,” he said.

Zena is one of three Rooke fam­ily dogs to work with both USAR and the State Emer­gency Ser­vices (SES). She will now pass on the ba­ton to Mr Rooke’s other fam­ily dog Rex, an­other bor­der col­lie.

Both Mr Rooke and Zena re­ceived a plaque.

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Michael Rooke with Zena and Rex. Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

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