COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Dolan, a two-year-old rescue dog, is joining the State Fire Marshal’s office as an arson investigator.
Dolan graduates from the Columbus Division of Fire’s Arson K9 program on Friday, the division announced. The black lab mix will partner with Investigator Jeffery Heft, of the Madison-Jefferson Fire Department. They are only the third K9 arson team in the state, Columbus Fire said.
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Heft and Dolan will be stationed in the southern district, with covers Vinton, Jackson, and eastern Scioto counties.
Arson dogs are trained over 8-10 weeks to detect nine different petroleum-based odors frequently used in arson fires, CFD said. The odors include gasoline, diesel fuel, lamp oil, kerosene, lighter fluid, charcoal fluid, paint thinner, camping fuel and distillate based stain removers.
Dolan will live with Heft, who has two other dogs.
“Besides the fact he’ll never feed out of a bowl (K9’s are only fed by hand from their handlers), he’ll be treated just like family,” said Heft in a press release.
“The only difference is he will get to leave for work with me every morning.”