Fire dog Scrappy, the only hydro-carbon detection dog for the North East, has been put through his paces against the latest in detection technology.
Scrappy has been working to help obtain evidence at the sites of suspicious fires for five months by sniffing out flammable liquids at the scene.
Fully protected, Scrappy wears a harness and special boots, donated by a North East company, to make sure his paws and coat are kept away from the liquids and debris.
Teeside University are now comparing Scrappy’s skills to devices currently used by the fire service to detect hydro-carbons that may have been used to start fires.
Although the research is still in its early stages, the university has already found that the machine can’t trace chemicals after 8-10 days, while Scrappy can detect chemicals that have been left for far longer.
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