CC, Hertfordshire's fire investigation dog passes away

Published: 14 Sep 2018

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that CC, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue’s much loved, recently retired fire investigation dog passed away on 11 September 2018.

CC started work for the fire service in 2006 and served faithfully until his well-earned retirement in 2013 when Reqs, the current fire investigation dog, stepped into his fire boots.

CC, who was named after his sponsor Hatfield based Computacenter, was trained to sniff out traces of ignitable liquids such as petrol, paraffin and lighter fluid, which can remain present even after the most severe fire. Wearing his special fire boots to protect his paws he assisted fire investigation officers in determining the cause and origin of fires - whether deliberate or accidental.

During his working life, CC attended almost 400 fire investigations not only in Hertfordshire but across the whole of the East Anglian region and beyond. He assisted investigators at a variety of incidents including some of the largest and most complex investigations across our region. He also located vital evidence in three separate murder investigations.

Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection, Darryl Keen, paid tribute to CC. He said: “Firstly I would like to say how sad we are about the passing away of CC. Many of us worked with him during his years of service with us and he was an extremely loving and hardworking dog not only for us, but for the wider community, other fire and rescue services and the police.

“He was an integral part in helping us to investigate fires and was involved in a number of high profile investigations where the evidence he found proved vital in court. We would all like to pay tribute to the work CC has done and it is with fondness and appreciation that we will remember him.”

Nikki Harvey was CC’s handler during his service with HFRS and he continued to live with her after his retirement.

Nikki said: “CC was an absolutely amazing search dog and I feel privileged to have worked alongside him and see the difference he made to our investigations. However, he was far more than that to me. He was my fun loving tennis ball mad dog, my big gentle giant, my best friend and loyal companion. He will certainly leave a very big void in my life and I’ll miss him so much”.