Arson detection dogs show off skills

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Arson detection dogs showed off their skills on Monday as part of Arson Prevention Week.

The State Office of Fire Prevention and Control had its accelerant detection dogs show off their skills on Monday. The highly trained animals sniff around a fire scene. When they pick up the scene of an accelerant, they sit down.

“Our training program is an eight-week program,” William McGovern with Fire Prevention and Control said. “It’s conducted at the Academy of Fire Science in Montrose, New York. During that eight weeks, the dogs identify those liquids but also in different environmental conditionings such as going up in a helicopter, riding in a boat and then conducted searches afterwards.”

Monday’s exercise was conducted at a training facility in Guilderland.

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