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Nine-week-old Meg is newest member of our rescue team
SHE may look cute, but puppy Meg has a life-saving job to do.
The nine-week-old border collie has just started training for a place on the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.
After two and a half years of learning, she will be saving lives, seeking out people who are missing, hurt or in distress.
Her trainer is chairman of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team Pete Farnell, from Midgley, who has been volunteering for 35 years.
"I've had dogs all my life but this is my first search dog. She's very lively," he said.
"It's very committing. Both the dog and the handler have to have the right skills.
"We've got a long way to go but when you see a dog streak across because they've homed in on someone who is missing it's fantastic."
Calder Valley Search Rescue Team is made up of around 50 volunteers.
They are trained to search and rescue people around the South Pennine moors, as well as searching for missing people in urban areas and evacuating people who are hurt, often from places the ambulance service cannot reach.
Their services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
They currently have two dogs in service which use air scents to find people.
Mr Farnell said: "It's very rewarding. The best thing is the people that you work with. They're a fantastic team."
For more information about volunteering or donating to the team visit www.cvsrt.org.uk.

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