K-9 teams training for accelerant detection in fires

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX -- When police and fire teams respond to a suspicious blaze, they get help identifying it from man's best friend.

This week, K-9 teams are coming to the Valley to show how they operate out in the field and to get certification. Rick Aragon of Aragon Investigations and vice president of the Canine Accelerant Detection Association (CADA) is helping lead trainings for the dogs and get them certification to detect accelerants.

One exercise this week featured vehicles packed with ignitable fluids. Each canine team searched the vehicles and tried to find ignitable liquids. Similar exercises were done inside buildings.

Field training for dogs prior to certification could last several months and members of K-9 teams must go through recertification once a year.

To find out more, visit: www.cadafiredogs.co.