South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine, has welcomed Duncan Carmichael from K9 Response and his fire-investigation dog Billy to the Scottish Parliament to highlight the benefits of using accelerant dogs to sniff out wilful fire-raising
Ms McAlpine, who has been campaigning for more dogs like Billy to be used in fire investigation in Scotland since 2012, emphasised the advantages of using accelerant dogs, which include identifying propellants on the clothes of fireraisers and contributing to a reduction in hoax calls.
Ms McAlpine said:
“Billy won the hearts of MSPs and government ministers when he visited parliament in 2012. Not only is he a very cute pooch in boots, he is a potential lifesaver. By sniffing out propellants he can stop fire-raising campaigns before they escalate and lead to loss of life.
“I believe he could perform a valuable function in beating this terrible crime and also educating children about the dangers of fire-raising. With the new state of the art technology on Duncan’s vehicle, Billy and Duncan will be able to do even more good work, especially in the reduction of hoax calls.”