An accelerant detection canine is a dog that has been trained to sniff out minute traces of accelerants that may have been used to start a fire. These canines were first used in the mid 1980’s and were first used in North Carolina in 1989. Ember, a Labrador, was given to her handler, Robbie Wilkie, in December of 2012 when she was just 4 months old. She went through a series of training by Fire Investigation Training Services, Inc. of Reidsville, NC. After an alert is given by the Canine, samples are taken by investigators and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Wilkie, a Certified Fire Investigator through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission and through the International Association of Arson Investigators, has worked with the canine on fires in Caldwell and surrounding counties since their certification as a team in 2014. When not working, Ember is just like any other canine and enjoys playing with tennis balls and being a member of the family.
Emergency Services Director, Robbie Wilkie / K9 Ember