On October 14, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) received a generous donation from Fireman's Fund Insurance and USI Northwest in the amount of $10,536 that will help fund training and living expenses for PF&R's new arson dog, Lila the Labrador. Lila recently joined PF&R through a partnership with the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and now works as a partner to an arson investigator. Lila has already had an extremely high percentage of alerts come back as confirmed positive by the State Forensics Lab, and has responded to scenes where destructive devices were used on residences and motor vehicles, fire-related suicides, fatal fires, and intentional fires with the use of accelerants and initiators. As part of the ATF's national response team, Lila and her handler, Lieutenant Jackson, can also be deployed to major events anywhere in the country.
Those in attendance at Wednesday's donation acceptance ceremony couldn't help but smile as they watched Lila silently and methodically work the room, showing off her accelerant detection skills. We want to extend a special thank you to Fireman's Fund Insurance and USI Northwest for their ongoing support of PF&R, the greater Portland community, and Lila the Labrador. (Shhh - I hope Lieutenant Jackson didn't see me slip her those extra biscuits!)
October 19, 2009