September 18, 2014 21:47
Last Friday Portland Fire & Rescue's Accelerant Detecting K9 (Lila) and her handler (Fire Investigator Fabian Jackson) were sent to Ferndale, Washington as part of a National Response Team(NRT). The team was directed to determine the cause of a fire at a boat manufacturer.
According to Inv. Jackson, these larger arson investigations always use at least one dog. Lila's tasks during this kind of event include screening equipment for contamination before it is brought onto the investigation site. She also checks key areas for accelerants that can sometimes indicate arson. Jackson and Lila returned from the deployment on Tuesday afternoon.
Lila was provided to PF&R by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Under an agreement between the ATF and the C