The Wonder Lake Fire Protection District said they are adding a new member to their department, a German Shepherd, which will be McHenry County’s first fire department search and rescue canine.
The fire district said the 5-month-old puppy is named Jäger and he is from Diehl’s Training Center in Greenwood, Indiana.
His handler is Wonder Lake Firefighter-Paramedic Ginelle Hennessey.
Hennessey is working on training with Jäger on and off duty to become a certified live find search and rescue canine.
Jäger is working on basic obedience, exercising, directional alerting and tracking and trailing off-leash.
The duo is training every day with a certified trainer at Dogstyle in Vernon Hills.
The process will take approximately 18 months for Jäger to complete and achieve his certifications.
Jäger will be the first official fire department-sponsored search and rescue dog in McHenry County.
“Welcome Jäger and Thank You Ginelle for all your hard work, time, and dedication. We look forward to watching you both work in the future!” the fire district said on social media.