Posted: Wednesday 19th July 2017
Meet Reqs, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Investigation Dog. He is five years old and has been in service for four years.
From six months old, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire investigation dog, Reqs, was trained to sniff out traces of flammable liquids such as petrol, white spirit and lighter fluid, which can remain present even after the most severe fire.
Fire investigation officers use Reqs to help them establish the cause and origin of fires - whether deliberate or accidental.
Since joining the fire investigation team, Reqs has attended 165 incidents. Although he works for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Reqs also helps investigators across the whole of the East Anglian region.
Reqs’ most heroic moment was rescuing a Collie dog called Carrie from a collapsed building. He worked hard to rescue the dog from under a rubble pile following a house explosion in Clacton, Essex.
There are only approximately 17 fire investigation dogs in the whole country.
Reqs is the third fire investigation dog for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and is sponsored by Hatfield based company Computacenter UK Ltd, who also sponsored his predecessors CC and Browza.
During their time in the role, the three Hertfordshire dogs have attended and assisted at 810 fire investigations which have included murders.
You can follow Reqs on Twitter @ReqsFireDog
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