In 2008, The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office welcomed the addition of a new accelerant detection canine named Jimmy. The female, yellow Labrador Retriever was trained by The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFs) accelerant detection canine program.
Since joining the Fire Marshal's Office, Jimmy has been a busy dog. She has been requested to assist with numerous fires, involving several fatalities and nearly $100 million dollars in property damage. Of the many investigations, some have involved assisting other agencies in Washington D.C.; Frederick, Stafford, and Warren Counties in Virginia; Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office; Virginia State Police; and ATF. With her highly trained and sensitive nose, she has assisted with the collection of 35 pieces of evidence. Jimmy is one of 75 certified teams in the United States.
Jimmy trains twice daily on a wide range of ignitable liquids including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, lighter fluid, lamp oil, torch fuel, camp fuel, and paint thinner to name only a few. She uses a variety of different settings to train such as schools, vehicles, burned structures, buildings used for fire training, fire stations, and parking lots. Jimmy recertifies yearly with the ATF to maintain her certification.
Jimmy has been enjoying her educational and therapeutic visits for the elderly at Cornwall's Long Term Care, the 911 dispatch center, schools, and when requested by the public, at community fairs, birthday parties, and other venues. Jimmy was donated by the ATF. All of her food and veterinarian costs are paid for by the Briggs Animal Adoption Center.
Contact the Canine Unit for more information.