It took a little time. But now the structures are in place. And what is even better: the population is getting more and more used to the rescue dogs.
Iran is a troubled country. Politically unstable and geologically no less so. The arabian plate is shifting there under the eurasian plate. It’s no wonder that severe earthquakes occur again and again – most recently at the end of november 2017 in the province of kermanshah. The country is classified as a high-risk area for earthquakes.
Siggi hofer was in iran for the first time in 2003. The earthquake in the city of bam claimed around 40,000 lives at the time. Many victims were buried under the trummers. Were there still living? The red crescent – the iranian equivalent of the bavarian red cross – called for help from abroad. The beginning of a success story that has lasted more than 15 years. "The colleagues in iran realized how effective a search for missing persons with the help of trained dogs can be," recalls hofer, who has been working for the red cross since 1991. The idea came up to found an iranian rescue dog team. Before that, however, contractual and emotional limits had to be overcome.