Twp. rescue dog receives tracking collar
On July 29, the Springfield Township Fire Department IAFF Local 3544 presented Firefighter Shelbie Flegal and her K-9 Darwin, a human remains detection dog, with a Garmin/Alpha 100 tracking collar valued at $850. Firefighter Flegal is a member of Black Swamp Search and Rescue, a group that helps find lost or missing persons along with deceased missing victims.
The tracking device measures the dog’s speed, distance and direction being traveled. It also provides notifications when he is “On Point.” The integrated handheld system tracks the dog up to 9 miles away, delivering the canine’s exact position as frequently as every 2.5 seconds.
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