ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A certified Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent showed Southwest Georgia arson investigators what he can do. "Iggie," the Accelerant K9, is on the job and ready to help in arson cases.
Iggie and his handler David Smith find liquids like gas or alcohol that have been poured on the floor at the Albany Fire Department Training center.
Columbus Fire Department Fire Investigator David Smith said "Iggie will find it. A canine can find things that you would not believe. Just a minute amount."
Iggie is a two year old lab, owned by the ATF, and trained to sniff out accelerants used to start fires.
Fire investigators from Warner Robins to Moultrie who could call in Iggie for help on big investigations.
Crisp County Fire Investigator Bill Knight said "It assists in the investigations. You still have to read patterns and learn the stuff. But the dog is another too we use to determine if the fire is a set fire."
Iggie has been trained to sit when he smells fire accelerants, and then points his nose within three inches of the spill. Smith said "When you get out on the scene, it cuts down on your man hours on the fire scene. It also helps out as far as selecting your evidence location, your samples."
Iggie trained for 12 weeks to become an ATF certified agent, and still trains twice a day every day. He is a food reward dog, so Iggie has to work to eat, and he really enjoys his work.
Iggie and David Smith are on call to help these Southwest Georgia Arson Investigators if needed for any large scale investigations.