Canine joins Fresno Fire to sniff out arson

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Just like police dogs, some fire departments have canines, too. Arson dogs are specifically trained to sniff out chemical evidence in intentionally-set fires.

The newest member of the Fresno Fire Department is a yellow lab trained to detect ignitable liquids. Shilo helps firefighters determine and investigate arson by sniffing out chemicals like gasoline. She sits down and points to the source with her nose.

Fresno Fire Investigator Lee Wilding is Shilo’s handler. He rewards Shilo with food before sending a sample of the material she found to a lab for testing.