Wake Forest Fire Department welcomes new K9

Marshall, a 16-month-old black Labrador from Bogota, Colombia, has joined the Wake Forest Fire Department. Photo | Contributed

For The White Street Journal —

The Wake Forest Fire Department has a new four-legged recruit.

Marshall, a 16-month-old black Labrador from Bogota, Colombia, has joined the department as its new ignitable liquid detecting canine. In this role, he will help determine how fires may have started by using his sense of smell to find flammable liquids once a fire has been extinguished. His first day on the job was Monday, Feb. 7.

Marshall’s handler is Battalion Chief Jeremey Blake, a certified fire investigator.

In addition to working cases in Wake Forest, Marshall and Blake will assist other agencies across the state in determining the origin and cause of fires. Marshall will also participate in community outreach events.

“We are extremely excited to have Marshall on board as the newest member of our team,” said Fire Chief Ron Early. “We are all looking forward to working with him to keep our residents safe.”

For more information, email Chief Blake at jblake@wakeforestnc.gov.

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