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Praise for earthquake rescue dog Echo

Search dog Echo helped in the Haiti rescue
Search dog Echo from Greater Manchester helped in the Haiti rescue

A fire and rescue service dog handler has praised the work of his partner following their mission to Haiti following the earthquake.

Search dog Echo was part of the Greater Manchester team which has been helping in the country after it was devastated nearly two weeks ago.

Mick Dewer, who is based in Kearsley is back, but Echo has to stay in quarantine for six months.

He said Echo gave people hope that something could be done.

Provided comfort

"It's really good to be back, but it's tinged with sadness as I've left behind my work partner and best friend," he said.

"Echo worked really hard, but his benefit wasn't just in searching, he also brought home to the families of people we were searching for, that bit of hope that something can be done."

Mick Dewar
Firefighter Mick Dewar said his rescue dog Echo brought hope

He said the children stroked the dog which he thought would have provided some comfort to them.

He added he was looking forward to some decent food and sleep, but it was "quite hard coming home knowing people in Haiti were starving and things here were back to normal".

Mr Dewar was part of a group of firefighters from Lancashire and Greater Manchester which took part in a rescue mission.

They returned home on Saturday to be reunited with their families and colleagues.

Left homeless

While in Haiti they successfully rescued a two-year-old girl from her collapsed kindergarten school.

The Haitian Government has declared the search for survivors of the earthquake over.

An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake, which killed as many as 200,000 people.

At least 75,000 bodies have so far been buried in mass graves, Haiti's government has said. Many more remain uncollected in the streets.

The UN says 130,000 people have now moved out of Port-au-Prince, easing the pressure on overcrowded camps in the city.

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