K9 Deacon joins team at Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal
MARYLAND – A four-legged fire expert is set to join the team at the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.
K9 Deacon is a 13-month-old female, purebred yellow Labrador retriever. She was raised by Paws for a Cause, and later transitioned to Von Der King Kennels and Training. She was taken acquired by the ATF for accelerant detection canine training. K9 Deacon is teaming up with Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Thomas.
Senior Deputy Thomas and Deacon graduated from the ATF national Canine Training Center in Front Royal, Virginia. The program is a 12-week school focusing on accelerant detection canine methodology, fire chemistry, safety and first aid, health, wellness, and several investigative disciplines. The practical skills and team exercises were held around vehicles, structures, people, equipment, and fire scenes.
K9 Deacon is now ready to detect specific classifications of ignitable liquids, and performed over 5,000 repetitions for odor recognition and detection during training. She will join the agency’s other canine teams across Maryland.
“I am very proud that the ATF has allowed the Office of the State Fire Marshal to be partners in their Accelerant Detection Canine program for nearly 25 years,” stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci in a release.“We are dedicated to assisting ATF whenever they call, and this long-standing partnership is proof. I have an even greater sense of pride for Senior Deputy Thomas and all of our handlers and their families who dedicate themselves to working and training with their canine partners seven days a week.”