Meet An Arson Dog at Maryland Day! | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Meet An Arson Dog at Maryland Day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FPE Exhibit, Kim Building Plaza (intersection of Paint Branch Drive and Stadium Drive)
Faye Levine
301 405 0379

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering will host fire investigator Carlton Saunders and K-9 Horton from the State Farm Arson Dog Program at Maryland Day, starting at 10:00 a.m., April 25 on the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus.

Guests attending Maryland Day, a free, public event, will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Saunders and Horton. Saunders will demonstrate how dogs like Horton are trained, and how they use their amazing sense of smell to detect even a single drop of diluted, evaporated fuel. Demonstrations may include an audience participation “criminal lineup” exercise in which Horton must discover who has come into contact with an accelerant. Horton is a friendly and exuberant Labrador and golden retriever mix who will be happy to be petted by new friends at Maryland Day.

Each year, hundreds of lives are lost and millions of dollars in property damage occurs as a result of arson. It is important that law enforcement officials have every tool possible to combat this costly and sometimes deadly crime. Labrador retrievers like Horton have a superior ability to discriminate scents at a fire scene. The combination of a certified arson investigator and a trained arson dog make a formidable team.

The State Farm Arson Dog Program has a direct impact on deterring arson-related crimes. Its members’ public education and outreach activities are essential to creating safer communities. Over the past two decades, State Farm and other programs have trained and placed more than 350 teams in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

The program also changes the lives of formerly abandoned dogs, who are recruited through a cooperative program with guide dog and disability assistance canine organizations, as well as local animal shelters and humane societies.

Learn more about these amazing dogs at:

State Farm Arson Dog Program website:
Fire Dogs: Man’s Best Friend, Arsonists’ Worst Nightmare:
Arson Dogs web series featuring Victoria Stilwell:

Audience: Public 

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