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

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