Aug 30, 2015 4:54 PM
K-9 officer 'Pal' joins NH fire marshal's office as arson detecting dog
CONCORD — The newest investigator to join the New Hampshire fire marshal's office is standing proud — on four legs.
Officials say arson detecting dog "Pal" and handler Sean Plumer recently completed a four-week course at the Accelerant Detection Canine School through the Maine State Criminal Justice Academy.
Accelerant detection dogs are trained to sniff out even minute traces of accelerants such as gasoline and lighter fluid. Plumer and Pal are required to complete 200 hours of training in Maine and be recertified annually. The training was funded by a scholarship from State Farm Insurance's arson dog program.
Plumer and Pal become the second arson investigating canine team at the state fire marshal's office. They will assist law enforcement agencies throughout the state.