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            ARSON DOG                                        Continued from cover

     Vineland Fire Department             Radiant has been trained to alert to the                                 Tramontana said. “Radiant’s nose is so
                                          presence of various flammable liquids                                    highly developed that she can quickly
     Welcomes Arson Dog                   commonly used by arsonists to feed                                       locate even the smallest traces of flam-
     to Team                              their fires, including substances such as                                mable liquids, which can help investiga-
        The Vineland Fire Department is   gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluid,”                                  tors determine the cause of a fire. “I look
                                          McMahon continued. “She really gives                                     forward to the many ways she will be
     pleased to welcome a new four-legged   me an upper hand in the investigative                                  able to contribute to the safety and well-
     member to its Fire Investigation Bureau.   process. Her ability to identify odors                             being of our community.”
     She is K9 “Radiant,” who recently
                                          that aren’t able to be detected by human                                    “In Vineland, we put a real focus on
     graduated from the Atlantic County   noses, and to pinpoint the location for                                  public safety,” Mayor Fanucci said. “Our
     K9 Academy “K9 Patrol Scent Class
 Diego Mesa College, then transferred to   evidence collection is remarkable.”                                     Police, Fire, and EMS personnel do a
 Columbia University where he earned a   13” after 16 weeks of rigorous train-  According to the Phoenix Veterinary   fantastic job of protecting and serving
     ing. Her handler is Investigator Phillip   Center, a dog’s nose has up to 300 mil-                            our community, and programs like this
                                          lion olfactory receptors, compared to                                    add another important capability to our
        Additional guidance on setting up the   about six million in a normal human.                               investigators by making it easier to iden-
     program was also provided by Captain                                      Richard G. Franchetta, EJD, RMC.
                                          Additionally, the part of a dog’s brain that                             tify suspicious fires. ”
     Rodman Meyer with the New Jersey     is devoted to analyzing smells is about   “The department did have a K9 Arson   According to city officials, in addi-
 n   Division of Fire Safety K9 Unit (NJDFS).   40 times greater than ours, and they are   program many years ago, but unfortu-  tion to working cases in Vineland
     “Radiant is a two-year old yellow                                         nately it was discontinued. Chief Luigi
                                          naturally attracted to new and interesting                               and Cumberland County if needed,
     Labrador retriever,” McMahon said. “I   odors. Labrador retrievers are uniquely   Tramontana, Deputy Chief Mark A.   Investigator McMahon and Radiant will
     acquired her in September of 2023 after                                   Cifaloglio, Fire Investigator McMahon,
                                          qualified for the role of an arson dog and                               be placed on a NJDFS backup list to
     she was donated to the Joe Nick K9   are the most sought-after breed.     and Vineland Police Department K9   conduct olfactory scene examinations
     Training Academy by a Vineland family.   “Having an Arson K9 means we no   Handler Dwight Adams worked in col-  throughout the State of New Jersey.
     Her personality is friendly, energetic, and                               laboration to bring this important pro-
                                          longer have to rely on outside agencies                                  When not working, Radiant will also
     affectionate, but she displays a real com-  for this capability, which allows for a   gram back,” Franchetta said.   participate in community outreach and
     mitment to work when called upon.”                                          “I am ecstatic that we have a new
                                          quicker response time by our fire inves-                                 educational events throughout the year
        “As an accelerant detection dog,                                       member to add to our team,” Chief
                                          tigators,” said Fire and EMS Director                                    to show off her abilities. n

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