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The passing of the dog collar

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking for help to give a codename to our newest recruit!

Primary schools county-wide are being called on to help give Eric, a 17 month old black Labrador, a codename for when he is out using the power of his nose to keep people safe.

Eric is intelligent, full of energy and his sniffing powers are second to none.

Other fire dogs have included Cracker, Ace and Echo, with Cracker soon to pass on her dog collar as she heads towards retirement after 10 years high quality work.

Entries need to be sent to by Friday, March 3, with the winner to be announced shortly afterwards on Twitter @ManchesterFire.

Fire dogs are put through several months of intensive training to make sure they are the best they can be and can work in all kinds of situations.

Mike Dewar, Dog Unit Manager, said: “Eric is going to work really well as he has so much energy – which is exactly what you want from a fire investigation dog.

“Cracker has been showing him the ropes and he’s going to be an excellent replacement, and keep up the tradition of high quality dogs that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service provide to the region.”

Schools are asked to email their entries to

Watch Eric in action here:

Last update: 17/02/2017 17:53:02
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