The number of times more acute an ADC’s sense of smell is compared to a human’s.
– James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University
The average number of minutes it takes an ADC to cover an average fire scene. It can take humans days to do what a dog does in minutes.
– State Farm Arson Dog Program
The average number of canine team-collected lab samples needed to identify accelerant use, compared to 20 samples collected by a human alone.
– Paul Gallagher, Head Trainer, Maine Specialty Dogs for State Farm Arson Dog Program
|ADC:||Riley, black Labrador retriever|
|Handler:||Capt. Howard Orr|
|Community:||Santa Barbara County, California|
|Training:||State Farm Arson Dog Program|
Riley and Capt. Orr work for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and helped to capture an arsonist who set three separate fires one evening in Santa Maria, California.
After alerting to materials at all three fires, evidence was collected and confirmed by Riley as positive samples. He was then brought in to examine the suspect and his possessions, alerting on several items. Capt. Orr later learned the suspect admitted to using gasoline to start the fires. The suspect pled guilty to the arsons and attempted murder, receiving the maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.
Riley is a great ambassador to the community for the fire department, involved with school presentations, community events, and service club presentations.