Posted: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Reqs, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue’s fire investigation dog, has been awarded a five years of service medal.
Reqs has been assisting at incidents and sniffing out flammable liquids since September 2012, which is 35 years in dog years.
Since the tender age of six months old, Reqs has been trained to sniff out 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, and whether they are deliberate or accidental.
Reqs’ handler, Nikki Harvey, said: “It is a real honour for Reqs to receive his long service medal and this recognises the impact that he has made over the past five years in fire investigation and arson incidents. He has assisted at numerous incidents, not only in Hertfordshire, but across the East Anglian region, the evidence that he has located has proved vital to the fire investigation process.
Reqs is an amazing dog who is always enthusiastic in his work and he is a credit to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
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.
Chief Fire Officer, Darryl Keen, said “Reqs has been a valuable member of the fire investigation team and has helped us identify the cause of some serious fires, including helping us prove that fires have been started deliberately. Lucky for us, Reqs won’t be retiring just yet!”
“I would also like to thank Computacentre for their continued support for Reqs, it really helps to be able to rely on such a long standing and supportive sponsorship arrangement.”