Jay, a three year old Border Collie, has been recruited by Central Scotland Fire and Rescue to help detect and prevent arson.
With special protective boots, to protect his paws at recent fire scenes, Jay will alert his handlers to the presence of petrol and other substances used to deliberately fuel fires. Jay will also visit schools, as part of an education programme aimed at reducing wilful fire-raising.
Trevor Lynch, Jay’s trainer, told BBC News:
“The dog is very quick to search areas and it should significantly cut down on the time it takes to search a scene following a fire for traces of accelerant.”