Volume 2 Number 36
September 5, 2005

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Left, Detective Greg Gilkey orders Buddy to look for accelerant.

Right, Buddy finds something suspicious.
Below, Buddy poses, ready  to work.

  Left, Buddy and Greg testing in an outdoors environment.
Right, sitting with the head down indicates to handler Paul Paterson that Misty has detected an accelerant.



Left, Ace gets a reward from handler
Karl Morgan.


Right, Buddy relaxes after a good day's work.



The olfactory senses of a dog are even more sensitive than laboratory equipment, and for that reason K-9 detective teams have become a critical part of fire and arson investigations at the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Recently the six K-9 teams went through exercises at the State Arson Laboratory in Quincy to give the laboratory technicians an opportunity to see first-hand how the dogs, all Labrador Retrievers, sniff out evidence. Often when a substance such as gasoline is used, the residual amount after a fire is so small that only scientific equipment in a laboratory can detect it – and only dogs can find it.  State Farm Insurance Company has helped fund the state’s Arson Dog Program since 1993. 

John Burch and Carl Lugviel prepare for a sniff test at the arson lab with cans of accelerant samples. 

Some canisters contained an accelerant and some did not.   The dogs did an outstanding job of finding the accelerant, even when they were switched during the exercise.



The new courthouse in Indian River County, is named for the scenic body of water running between the barrier islands and the mainland along Florida's Treasure Coast. America's first National Wildlife Refuge was established on Pelican Island in the Indian River by Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.