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These canines are an invaluable resource and are used to assist fire investigators in determining whether or not ignitable liquids were present at the time of a fire; be it a content fuel or a fuel introduced as an accelerant. There are many other proper uses for  detection canines in our field ranging from detecting ignitable liquids on a suspect’s clothing or inside of a vehicle used to transport such liquids; helping the fire investigator clear the scene of ignitable liquids; clearing investigators tools before scene processing, among many other things.

What We Do

CADA’s certified canine teams are employed by fire departments, law enforcement, and private-sector agencies. The canines can be either food, treat or play reward.

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Ignitable liquids include, but are not limited to:

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Paint thinner
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Charcoal Lighter Fluid

Established in 1991, CADA is the oldest national and international association dedicated solely to detection canines working in the field of fire investigations. 

  • New CADA  Detection Canine Team Standard – includes a new certification/testing standard. Please click here to view the new standard.  
  • CADA takes a position on the term “Arson Dog.” Click here to view more. 
  • CADA takes a position on “testifying to negative samples” For further info, click here