Adams County Fire Rescue leads initiative to bring back arson dog certification funding

  • Source: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver
  • Published: 05/21/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: After State Farm insurance stopped funding its arson dog program, impacting fire departments across the nation, a group of firefighters in Adams County is working to ensure these dogs are around for years to come. Arson dogs play a key role in helping determine the cause of many fires. Part of their job is to sniff out accelerants before they evaporate. Without these dogs, it can take longer to investigate a fire, costing taxpayers more money. JoJo is one of more than 100 arson dogs working at fire stations across the country. If a fire is set on purpose, she will know in a matter of minutes. “Anywhere we go, she is nose down sniffing,” said Dawn Tollis, inspector, investigator, and K9 handler with Adams County Fire Rescue.


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