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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 6, 2018
Contact: ATF Los Angeles Field Division

Federal, State & Local Accelerant Detection K-9 Teams Re-Certification

SAN DIEGO – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Canine Division (NCD) is providing the 2018 ATF Accelerant Detection Canine re-certification, April 8-15, in San Diego, California.  The San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) will host approximately 51 participating teams. 
ATF’s NCD lead instructors and 43 law enforcement Accelerant Detection K-9 teams from around the nation
   Opportunity to interview Accelerant Detection K-9 teams
           Opportunity to film Accelerant Detection K-9 team Demos
  • Recognition of accelerants found at fires scenes
  • Accelerant trace amounts found on evidence items such as clothing
  • Ignitable liquids found in open areas
 The Dana on Mission Bay
1710 W. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
 Tuesday, April 10, 2 to 3 p.m.
 San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) PIO Monica Munoz
RSVP by email to or via phone
(619) 533-3780 by Monday, April 9, 4 p.m.
About Accelerant Detection Canine Recognition Testing
During a three-day session, accelerant-detection canine teams are tested on 20 odor recognition skills and must show 100% accuracy administered by an ATF Chemist. ATF forensic chemists, canine accelerant/explosives subject matter experts and K-9 teams will be available for demonstrations and interviews. ATF has trained 263 accelerant detection canines nationwide.
Please plan to arrive by 1:45 p.m. More information about ATF and its K-9 programs is available at ATF K-9s.
Los Angeles Field Division