Brenda Woolley, Christchurch, QSM, for services to Urban Search and Rescue
Mrs Brenda Woolley is the National Trainer, a volunteer position, for New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue Dogs. She and her dogs were heavily involved in the rescue operation after the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. She owns four operational urban search and rescue dogs. She has been at the forefront of the development of canine searches after buildings have collapsed. She has driven the growth of the canine search capability in New Zealand from two dogs eight years ago, to more than ten dogs and handlers. She has been instrumental in the customisation of international training standards to suit New Zealand, has visited the United States for training and has led training seminars in Australia. Mrs Woolley is a founding volunteer member of the New Zealand Search Dog Association Management Committee.
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