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.