K9 trained by Columbus Division of Fire will serve state fire marshal

CREDIT: Columbus Division of Fire

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.

CLICK HERE: Full Arson Dog Press Release

State Fire Marshall Investigator Jeffery Heft and his arson K9 partner Dolan pose for a photo at the Columbus Fire Academy on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. The team graduated from the Columbus Division of Fire K9 training program and will take the test for Ohio certification on July 25, 2016. James Miller/Division of Fire
State Fire Marshall Investigator Jeffery Heft and his arson K9 partner Dolan pose for a photo at the Columbus Fire Academy on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. The team graduated from the Columbus Division of Fire K9 training program and will take the test for Ohio certification on July 25, 2016. James Miller/Division of Fire

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.”

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