Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Columbus Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2011
Contact: Special Agent Kim Riddell
ATF, PIO (614) 827-8474
Ohio SFM, PIO (614) 752-7179
A New Team is Sniffing Out Clues
Division of State Fire Marshal Receives an Accelerant Detection Canine
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal Office (SFM) has added a new investigator capable of sniffing out clues at fire scenes. India is an accelerant detection canine and recent graduate of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Accelerant Detection Canine Handler Course. India trained for six weeks, along with her handler State Fire Marshal investigator John Weber, at ATF’s canine training facility in Front Royal, Va. During their training, the handler and canine learned to work as a team to investigate fire scenes.
Weber and canine India will be based in Eastern Ohio and are one of three accelerant detection canine teams provided to the SFM by ATF. Northeast Ohio based ATF accelerant detection canine team, State Fire Marshal investigator Brian Peterman and canine Lacey, have been on the job for five years. Southern Ohio based ATF accelerant detection canine team, State Fire Marshal investigator Trace Lawless and canine William, have been on the job for three years.
ATF and the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal routinely work together investigating fire scenes and solving crimes of arson. ATF trained accelerant canine teams enhance investigator's capabilities. We are honored to provide these resources to the State Fire Marshal, said Robert J. Browning, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division.
ATF provided the canines to the SFM along with initial certification and training in accelerant detection. The canines are trained to detect a variety of ignitable liquids that could be used to initiate a fire. The canine teams are re-certified annually by ATF.
ATF has trained accelerant detection canines since 1986. The dogs and their ATF-trained handlers are located throughout the United States in local police departments, fire departments, fire marshal offices and federal and state law enforcement agencies. After training, the teams return to their respective departments to begin working operationally. These canine teams are utilized by the ATF National Response Team, an elite team of federal investigators in fire and explosives related incidents.
ATF is the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investigating crimes of arson. More information on ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov