Labrador helps Albuquerque firefighters solve cases | KOB 4

Labrador helps Albuquerque firefighters solve cases

Casey Torres
December 14, 2018 05:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Albuquerque Fire Rescue has been working with a new member on two fire cases.


Wheezy is a 19-month-old black Labrador that was trained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to detect accelerants used in fires.

She trained in Virginia for a few weeks with ten other dogs. Wheezy is New Mexico’s only ATF accelerant-detecting K-9 that will serve the state.

She can detect six classes of accelerants.

“While we were in training, they had buried some accelerants about 3 feet below the ground and she was able to detect those,” said Ron Gunderson, Wheezy’s partner.

Wheezy could serve with AFR for at least 5 years before retiring. Gunderson said ATF research shows the accelerants won’t cause her problems later in life.


Casey Torres

Copyright 2018 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Comment on Facebook

Share 4 - News Tips - Photos - Videos
  Share a News Tip, Story Idea, Photo, Video


Relay Media Amp



After six days, water finally restored at Westside Animal Shelter

Pedestrian killed in crash on Albuquerque's west side

Albuquerque man searches for stolen irreplacable ring

Netflix price increase might help Albuquerque

Vote 4 NM: Comparing voter's concerns with governor's top priorities