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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2019 02:06 PM
From: Representative Frank A. Farry
To: All House members
Subject: Pennsylvania Arson Dogs Appreciation Day
In the very near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating May 15, 2019, as "Pennsylvania Arson Dogs Appreciation Day” in Pennsylvania.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were an estimated 31,000 intentionally set structure and vehicle fires in 2017. These fires resulted in 280 civilian deaths and $657 million in property damage. During this same timeframe, there were an estimated 33,660 arson cases reported with an average dollar loss of $15,572 per incident according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Accelerant detection canines (arson dogs) are taught through extensive training to sniff out minute traces of accelerants that may have been used to start a fire. They save the department and community both time and money. These canines locate more accurate evidence samples, reducing the amount of costly analysis by the laboratory, speeding up investigations, and providing a higher conviction rate.

Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution to help recognize the value and contribution accelerant detection canines make to fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and their communities. As well as give special acknowledgment to all fire and law enforcement investigative agencies for their dedicated and tireless service.

Introduced as HR329