Meet Jersey: The newest addition to the North Las Vegas Fire Department

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KLAS) – The newest addition to the North Las Vegas Fire Department has four legs and a keen sense of smell.

K9 Jersey, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, is the division’s first “Accelerator Detection Specialist” with a focus on arson.

Captain Darcy Loewen, Jersey and Fire Investigator / K9 handler, recently completed the State Farm Arson Dog Training Program in New Hampshire.

The program has placed more than 425 dogs in fire departments and law enforcement agencies in the United States in 46 states, three Canadian provinces, and the District of Columbia.

  • Courtesy NLVFD
  • Courtesy NLVFD
  • Courtesy NLVFD

Fire investigators Loewen and Jersey will immediately take part in the investigation.

The team will also conduct public demonstrations demonstrating K9 Jersey’s sniffer detection capabilities at various community security events.

K9 Jersey is one of two arson dogs in Nevada. the other, K9 Boston, serves in Reno.

“Jersey is ready to serve our residents,” Loewen said. “She has proven she is up to the task and I look forward to working with my new partner.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 280,000 intentional fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, with annual losses of 420 civilian deaths, 1,360 civilian injuries, and $ 1.3 billion in direct property damage.

Arson dogs played a key role in determining the cause of many of these fires.

For more information about the Arson Dog Program, please visit www.arsondog.org.

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