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Follow the nose: Salt Lake fire department swears in new accelerant detection K-9

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 3:16 p.m. MDT

Arson investigator Russ Whitney and accelerant detection K-9 Daz perform a demonstration of Daz's expertise of identifying ignitable liquids on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Daz, a Labrador retriever, and Whitney recently completed the five-week canine-accelerant detection school sponsored by State Farm Insurance and certified by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Daz was sworn in Wednesday as the Salt Lake City fire department's newest member.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The newest member of the Salt Lake City Fire Department has a nose up on arsonists and is planning on using those skills to sniff out the causes of fires.

The new investigator is accelerant detection K-9 Daz. Daz, a Labrador retriever, and his handler, Arson Investigator Russ Whitney recently completed the five-week canine-accelerant detection school sponsored by State Farm Insurance and certified by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

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