Calgary

Dog to help Calgary firefighters in arson cases

The Calgary Fire Department has a new tool to help them sniff out culprits responsible for setting fires in the city.

The Calgary Fire Department has a new tool to help them sniff out culprits responsible for setting fires in the city.

Honey, a Labrador retriever, was unveiled Monday as the fire department’s accelerant detection canine.

The 52-pound dog will help investigate fire scenes with her partner, fire investigator Brad McDonald, and sniff out chemicals used in arsons.

Honey and McDonald just returned from five weeks of specialized training put on by State Farm Insurance.

Encana has volunteered to pay for day to day operating expenses of adding Honey to the fire crew, including the animal’s care, feeding, annual re-certification and equipment, including a natural gas-fuelled truck.

In total, 168 fires in Calgary were confirmed to because of arson in the last three years.