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, we have one K-9 team in the state of Alabama. This team
responds as needed to assist our division and other police and fire
departments in locating trace amounts of hydrocarbon residue at fire scenes.
The team also conducts demonstrations of controlled searches at schools and
civic groups, which are done throughout the year to assist in Fire Prevention
Awareness. It is undoubtedly a valuable asset to the State Fire Marshal
Division as well as the Department of Insurance.