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Accelerant and Explosive Detection Canines

K9 teams assist fire and explosion investigations in Massachusetts. They help detect evidence of arson or malicious use of explosives.
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The Fire & Explosion Investigation Section (F&EIS) has seven accelerant detection dogs working with State Police fire investigators and nine explosives detection dogs working with State Police bomb technicians assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

K9 Training and Background

The Fire & Explosion Investigation Section (F&EIS) has seven accelerant detection dogs working with State Police fire investigators and nine explosives detection dogs working with State Police bomb technicians assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Each K9 team is trained by the Mass. State Police in conjunction with the CT State Police using the food reward method. Because the dogs must work to eat, the handlers train with them every single day. The dogs also live with their handlers and their families, even after they retire from duty. 

Each K9 team is able to respond around the clock to assist investigators anywhere in the state at any fire or explosion incident. They can help detect potential evidence of arson or malicious use of explosives.

 All of the canines were purchased by the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) also known as the Massachusetts & Rhode Island FAIR Plan (Fair Access to Insurance Requirements) for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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