Fire dog notches up its 100th case
PUBLISHED: 10:40 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010
DEDICATED sniffer dog CC is something of a celebrity among fire crews in Herts and the surrounding counties. He wears special fire boots to protect his feet and has been praised for his efforts after attending his 100th fire. CC and his handler Nikki Harv
DEDICATED sniffer dog CC is something of a celebrity among fire crews in Herts and the surrounding counties.
He wears special fire boots to protect his feet and has been praised for his efforts after attending his 100th fire.
CC and his handler Nikki Harvey have been working as a team in Herts and the surrounding counties since July 2007.
A two-and-a-half-year-old black Labrador, CC has been trained to sniff out traces of ignitable liquids such as petrol, paraffin and lighter fluid which can remain present even after the most severe blaze.
Fire investigation officers use the team to assist them in determining the cause and origins of fire, whether started accidentally or deliberately.
Nikki said: "CC has had an extremely busy first year in his working life as a fire investigation dog and he is certainly proving a real asset to fire investigators, assisting them in determining the cause and origin of fires. Working with CC is extremely challenging and rewarding. We have bonded strongly as a team which is really important."
Nikki explained that ongoing training was now part of CC's daily routine to ensure that he remained competent in his work and together they were fully prepared to perform a search in any environment.
She added: "When we attend a scene of a fire, I carry out a full risk assessment before CC starts work as his safety is paramount.
"CC's paws are protected from the environments that we work in with special boots.
These prevent him from being injured from hazards such as glass and other debris. CC really does enjoy his work because to him, life is just one big game."
Fire investigation dogs are used for their speed and accuracy and are proving very successful in their work. There are currently 17 fire investigation dog teams across the whole of the UK.