Thanks fur service
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.
Michael Rooke with Zena and Rex. Picture: Will Russell