BRINNON, Wash. — Come July, Brinnon Fire Department Chief Patrick Nicholson and 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever Allie are to be Washington's only certified arson detection team.
Nicholson, who also works about 10 days a month as a firefighter with East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR), returned May 8 from a five-week training program in Alfred, Maine, where he and Allie became a team certified by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
"It was pretty intense," Nicholson said of the State Farm Insurance–sponsored Arson Dog Program, for which he had received a $25,000 scholarship to attend. "I was the only person there from west of the Mississippi. They told me that the Spokane arson dog plans to retire this year [in July], which would leave Allie and I as the only team in the state."
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