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Country Club Hills: Fire dept.'s new canine will sniff out arson
Updated On: Feb 15, 2008

Country Club Hills: Fire dept.'s new canine will sniff out arson

 

November 16, 2006

Publication: Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL)

Section: C --- ALL

Edition: e-1

Page: 1

By: Rick Ducat Sun-Times News Group Staff writer

 

Dalmations have been the dogs of choice for fire departments, but the newest addition to the Country Club Hills force is a black Labrador retriever named Jake.

 

Fire Chief Gary Kasper said the department is getting the arson detection dog through a grant from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

Akin to police canine units, arson-detection dogs can smell materials an arsonist might use to start a fire.

 

Jake and his handler, Country Club Hills firefighter/paramedic Brent Hullinger, will be included on a national response team. Kasper said they must be prepared to travel anywhere in the country if needed.

 

Mayor Dwight Welch said the city's former arson dog, a golden retriever named Blaze, was used throughout the region in making dozens of arson arrests.

 

Kasper said Blaze also aided in the conviction of suspects in an arson-related double homicide in Joliet before retiring.

 

Hullinger and Jake are in training and will return to the city in December 06.


 
 
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