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Strobel, Richard A. and Noll, Robert. Canine Accelerant Detection Program.

Abstract: This article describes every step of the Canine Accelerant Detection Program. The first step is to condition the dog to a target odor which is usually 50% evaporated gasoline. Once the dog has been conditioned, a blind test should follow. The next level of training teaches the dog to select one target odor from a variety of odors. The final level of training teaches the dog to distinguish between pyrolysis odors and accelerant odors. Finally, the canine is introduced to a fire scene to test whether it will be able to identify the target odor in the fire scene atmosphere and if the dog will falsely identify odors.

The article provides the guidelines for a sample test of canines including test preparation and a test protocol. The article also explains the procedure for using a canine in an actual investigation.

The canine's primary use is to assist the fire investigator. Records should be maintained of the dog's alerts and checked with the laboratory results. If the dog repeatedly identifies a specific substance as a positive alert, it can undergo corrective training.

The article also provides the basic guidelines for establishing a Canine Accelerant Detection Canine Program.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
650 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20226
Phone: (202) 927-7777

 
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