In February, male German shepherd puppy named Airasuden Noki arrived from Finland to the Rescue Board's bomb disposal center. The future bomb dog, nicknamed Yenko, is currently playful, cheerful and likes to play with toys.
The Rescue Board has been bolstering their roster with new canine workers lately. Last year, three puppies joined the bomb disposal unit: two German shepherds - Ingo Indigo and Lexus - and a labrador named Allihuppan Rise and Shine.
Genetics play a large role in picking a bomb dog - if the puppy's parents were strong working dogs, the puppy already has prerequisites to become a great professional. The pup must also be playful and active and must also have an interest in toys. The Rescue Board must figure out what gets the dog going in order to later train the dog and award them, if the situation warrants it.
A bomb dog must of course have a good nose, but like people, dogs are different - sometimes a picked dog must be removed from training later on.
The added dogs will become colleagues of the Rescue Board's bomb disposal unit. Bomb dogs will help the police in searchers, will keep an eye on foreign visits, will check suspicious bags and items and also ensure safety at major events.
When finding a suspicious item or explosive, it should be left for the bomb disposal units to examine. The Rescue Board says the first step is to distance yourself from the item and a call to the emergency line 112 should follow with exact locations and as much information as possible.
A smartphone or similar device can be used to locate the coordinates and take a photo to send to the Rescue Board. If possible, the person should not leave the location before the bomb disposal unit arrives.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste