Friday, March 18, 2011

AFD's new detection tool is warm, fuzzy Leo is trained to find explosives, acclerants

AFD's new detection tool is warm, fuzzy:


The Austin Fire Department welcomed a new member to its team Wednesday.

“Leo” just graduated from arson detection training. The 2-year-old arrived at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in September 2010. He came from The Seeing Eye, Inc. group out of Morristown, N.J.

"Somewhere in the training as a guide dog, he didn't cut the mustard,” said Lt. Brooks Frederick of AFD. “The ATF kennels have first shot at assessing these dogs for accelerant detection or explosive dogs. They found Leo was a perfect candidate."

Leo spent the next four months being imprinted on six different classes of ignitable liquids that encompass hundreds of products. He spent the following six weeks immersed in an intensive training regiment. Leo graduated on Feb. 11 and returned to Austin to begin working on the Accelerant Detection Canine Team.

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