Four dogs trained in sniffing out arson at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls are joining the ranks of public safety agencies in the Empire State.
The canine officers and their human handlers recently completed an eight week course in Schuyler County on detecting accelerants used to set fires. As part of the training, the dogs also learn to keep their cool while riding in boats or helicopters or working around bodies of water, elevators and escalators. Their human partners, meanwhile, learn about dog behavior and first aid.
Chili, a Labrador retriever mix, is assigned to the Office of Fire Prevention and Control Investigator Thomas Hetherington in the Montour Falls office.