Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire dogs and handler pass annual licence test

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Investigation and Search and Rescue dogs and handler Graham Currie have passed their annual relicensing tests.

Jim Beaird, lead instructor from Essex Police’s Dog Section, put Graham, sprocker spaniel Fizz and cocker spaniel Jarvis through their paces, alongside a colleague from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Jarvis completed his training as the Service’s Search and Rescue Dog in April 2019, while Fizz joined the Service as its first Fire Investigation Dog in April last year.

Graham Currie, Dog Handler at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “Jarvis had a large wooded open area to search and has again achieved his National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) standard for live scent.

“Fizz, along with labrador Eric from Hampshire, achieved the required NPCC and AFID standard for Fire Investigation dogs.”

Jarvis’ and Fizz’s work

Graham, Fizz and Jarvis are based at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) site in Lexden, Colchester.

Jarvis attends search and rescue incidents in Essex and across the UK, and is part of the of International Search and Rescue (ISAR).

Fizz is trained to identify up to 30 flammable substances that can start fires to assist with fire and criminal investigations.

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