EXPLOSIVES DETECTION CANINE:
In 2009, the Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office welcomed the first explosives detection canine, Chance to the division. Chance, a black English Labrador Retriever was extensively trained through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' (ATFe) 10-week training program. Chance is able to detect explosives, explosives residue, and post-blast evidence. He is also conditioned with the ability to detect firearms, ammunition, as well as other products that contain smokeless powder and explosive fillers.
Chance has been extremely busy since joining the Fire Marshal's Office. He has assisted numerous jurisdictions with explosive threats throughout the Shenandoah Region.
ACCELERANT DETECTION CANINE:
In 2012, The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office welcomed the addition of a new accelerant detection canine named Walker. The male, Black Labrador Retriever was trained by The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' (ATFe) accelerant detection canine program.
Since joining the Fire Marshal’s Office, Walker has been a busy dog. He has been requested to assist with numerous fires in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia. Walker is one of only 55 certified teams in the United States.
Both Chance and Walker are trained daily to detect different scents. They are required to re-certify with ATFe yearly.
Chance and Walker are available for different community events, including school programs and community fairs.