Herts fire investigation dog, CC, sniffs out Facebook

PUBLISHED: 18:45 29 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013

Herts fire investigation dog, CC, sniffs out Facebook

Herts fire investigation dog, CC, sniffs out Facebook

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's fire investigation dog CC has sniffed out his own Facebook page.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Services fire investigation dog CC has sniffed out his own Facebook page.

The dedicated dog with a nose for danger - one of only 17 fire investigation dogs in the UK - wants to use social networking to spread the word on fire safety.

The five-year-old black Labrador and his handler, Nikki Harvey, have been working as a team in Hertfordshire since July 2007. Nikki explains, CC and I work to find out the cause of fires but also work in the community fire safety team to reduce the amount of arson in the county.

We hope people will like CC on Facebook to hear what hes been up to and to get the latest fire prevention tips. I love working with CC, hes a real character who loves his job because work to him is one big game!

CC and Nikki regularly work across the region, assisting fire investigation officers in neighbouring Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, Norfolk and Suffolk.

CC, who wears special fire boots to protect his paws at fire scenes, has been trained to sniff out traces of ignitable liquids such as petrol, paraffin and lighter fluid, which can remain present even after the most severe fire.

Fire investigation officers use CC and Nikki to assist them in determining the cause and origin of fires - whether deliberate or accidental.

Nikki adds, Ongoing training is part of CCs daily routine, as it is vitally important that he remains competent and that we are fully prepared to perform a search in any environment. When we attend a scene of a fire, I carry out a full risk assessment before CC starts work, as his safety is paramount. CCs special boots prevent him from being injured from hazards such as glass and other debris.

Hertfordshires Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher says, We want to prevent fires and keep people safe and I think CC's followers will learn a lot of useful tips to prevent accidental fires.

I've recently started using Twitter myself (@HertsFireChief) and think social networking is a great way to spread our messages across Hertfordshire.

CC, who is sponsored by Hatfield-based Computacenter, is Hertfordshires second fire investigation dog. His predecessor, Browza, was also sponsored by Computacenter.

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