Honolulu Fire Department Welcomes New Accelerator Detection Dog
The Honolulu Fire Department officially welcomed Eve, its newest highly trained four-legged member, this morning with a “high-legged” salute and canine demonstration.
Eve, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, is Hawaii’s only throttle-sensing dog, according to HFD. She and her handler, Micah Ancheta, have successfully completed 200 hours of intensive training through the State Farm Arson Dog Program at the New Hampshire Fire Training Academy, and will be instrumental in the investigation of the arson, which can be one of the most difficult crimes to solve.
They have already been deployed to seven fire scenes since May 1.
“The City and County of Honolulu is incredibly fortunate to add such a valuable resource to HFD ohana,” Mayor Rick Blangiardi said in a news release. “Eve is Hawaii’s only accelerating detection dog, and her incredible skills and unparalleled ability to detect scents at the scene of a fire will undoubtedly save lives and keep our communities safe.”
Mayor Blangiardi, Fire Chief Sheldon Hao and State Farm Rep. Mike Middleton delivered brief remarks welcoming Eve to the HFD ohana at the Honolulu headquarters this morning, followed by a demonstration that introduced Eve and his abilities.
Eve is food rewarded, which means she only eats when she’s training or working, according to HFD. She lives, works and plays with Ancheta, strengthening the bond that creates a great partnership.
HFD said Eve and Ancheta will also be able to assist law enforcement on Oahu and Neighbor Islands, whenever their services are requested.
HFD’s former Accelerator Detection Canine Team, Kukui and dog handler Michael Carter, retired last December. Together they investigated 125 fires from 2018 to 2021.