Ten K-9 teams from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office completed national recertification training.
Not only did the teams pass recertification tests in their fields, but several earned top performance awards.
Deputy Kristen delaBretonne and K-9 Pablo from the Baton Rouge area won a conference contest for best demonstrating the difference between an indication and an alert. This team is also the first from SFM to be nationally certified following the newly developed in-house K-9 training program.
Cpl. Robert Rain and K-9 Maily from Shreveport took first place in the Most Accurate Accelerant team by getting closest to the target pin. Cpl. Matt Schulte and K-9 Harni from Monroe, as well as Cpl. Travis Goudeau and K-9 Bono from Area 3 also won high marks in that exercise.
Cpl. Alan Jones and K-9 Layka from Area 3 were named the Explosives Detection Top Dog team.
Cpl. Kyle Piercy and K-9 Copper from Monroe took first place in the Tracker Dog team exercise.
Cpl. Matt Schulte, who created and instructs the in-house program, was appointed as the Louisiana State Coordinator for the NAPDWA.