Fire Investigation Search Dog retires due to ill health

Date Published : January 30th, 2021    Published By : admin

A former gundog who has worked as Fire Investigation Search Dog has been retired from service due to serious illness.

As a gundog before-hand, her handler discovered that hunting wasn’t the job for her, but with Tilly’s inquisitive and fidgety attributes, the handler knew she’d work well in an investigative role.

‘Tilly’ began training with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) in 2010 under Watch Commander Steve Craig and began operational in April 2011.

'Tilly', Fire Investigation Search Dog - Photo courtesy Surrey Fire & Rescue Service

During her career, Tilly has been an invaluable resource to the Fire Investigation team at SFRS and she’s also secured evidence in numerous incidents and investigations in Surrey and in the wider region.

Surrey FRS’s Area Commander for Community Resilience, Damian Watts, said, “Tilly has been a valuable member of Team Surrey for almost 10 years now. We are so proud of her and all of the work she has helped us achieve. We will support Tilly, Steve and his family through this. From all of us – thank you, Tilly.”

Tilly is being well looked after by Steve and his family as well as having on going veterinary treatment.

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