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K-9 “Jordan” Newest Member of State Fire Marshal Team


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2009                               
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, (850) 413-2842
State Fire Marshal Receives First Explosives Detection Canine – Picture Attached
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced a new member joining her Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI).  Jordan, a canine specially trained to detect and locate the presence of compounds containing nitrates and other materials used in the construction of explosive devices, will be based in the BFAI’s Tampa field office.  A picture of Jordan is attached. 
Jordan is a two year old German Shepherd and Labrador mix.  She had to complete an extensive 13 week training program with assistance from the Tampa Police Department’s K-9 Unit.  After the initial training, Jordan and her handler, Detective Curt Clendenney, completed the Explosives Detection Canine Team certification through the nationally recognized North American Police Work Dog Association (N.A.P.W.D.A.).  This certification was possible because of the coordination with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Units Corporal Matt Hall, who is a master trainer with the N.A.P.W.D.A.
“Jordan is the first K-9 with our Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations to receive certification in the Explosives Detection Canine Team and will be a great addition to our K-9 team located throughout the state,” said CFO Sink.  “Man’s best friend, coupled with our experienced law enforcement personnel, enhances our mission to effectively investigate and prosecute arson and arson-related crimes and protect Florida citizens.”
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  To report suspected arson, call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON).