Courtesy - State Farm Facebook page

Apr 17, 2016 3:31 PM

K9 arson training program moving from Maine to NH

CONCORD (AP) — A nationally recognized program that trains arson detection dogs is relocating from Maine to New Hampshire.

The State Farm Arson Training Dog Program will be headquartered at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord.

Since 1993, the training program has operated under the auspices of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and has put more than 350 dogs and their partners through a 200-hour training program.

Formally known as accelerant detection canines, the dogs are trained to sniff out even minute traces of accelerants.

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's office investigator Sean Plumer and his K9, Pal, graduated from the training program last summer.

Gov. Maggie Hassan will welcome the State Farm officials and the program to New Hampshire at a ceremony and canine demonstration on Monday.

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