K-9 Accelerant Detection Handlers
During the late 1980s and early 1990s the State Fire Marshal's Office began training Deputy State Fire Marshals to be K-9 accelerant detection handlers.  Presently, there are two K-9 teams located throughout the state.  These teams respond as needed to assist our division and other police departments and fire departments in locating trace amounts of hydrocarbon residue at fire scenes.  The teams also conduct demonstrations of controlled searches at schools and civic groups, which are done throughout the year to assist in Fire Prevention Awareness.  They are undoubtedly a valuable asset to the State Fire Marshal Division as well as the Department of Insurance.
Deputy Ray Cumby and K-9 Andy