Britain’s Longest-Serving Hearth Canine Retires After 11 Years Of Service and 500 Investigations


Reqs the Labrador retires as a fireplace canine after 11-long years of service and greater than 500 investigations on July 28, Friday.

Reqs and Nikki Harvey, fireplace investigator at Hertfordshire Hearth and Rescue Service and Req’s handler, went on the present to the BBC Breakfast present’s purple couch on July 28 to announce the hearth canine’s retirement.

Whereas on the present, Harvey answered the questions, “What was his strengths? Why was he so good?” and mentioned Reqs is an “superb search canine” and “excelled in each space of his coaching actually early on”.

In line with the Hertfordshire Hearth and Rescue Service, Reqs has attended greater than 500 incidents as a fireplace canine.

Harvey reveals that Reqs joined the hearth division when he turned one yr outdated, and has been with the Hertfordshire Hearth and Rescue Service for the previous 11 years.

The hearth division mentioned that Reqs makes use of his “impeccable sense of scent” to detect accelerants (like petrol) at fireplace scenes. And he does all of it so properly for a “very particular reward”, aka his favourite tennis ball.

Moreover, Harvey revealed that Reqs solely went to scenes when it’s certainly protected for him. And the hardworking pooch additionally wore his protecting boots for security measure.

One in all Req’s most memorable search was when he discovered a canine whereas looking a home explosion scene with Essex Hearth & Rescue Service.

In line with BBC, different circumstances that Reqs helped examine included homicide and tried homicide investigations, arsons and a false imprisonment.

And for his laborious work and devoted service for the previous 11 years, Reqs was introduced a certificates by Hertfordshire Hearth and Rescue Service’s Chief Hearth Officer.

The Hertfordshire Hearth and Rescue Service referred to as Reqs an all-around hero (rightfully so!), and revealed that after retiring, he has handed the baton to his protégé, one other black Labrador, named Loki.

Harvey acknowledged that Reqs is principally his pet canine now. Speaking to BBC, Harvey mentioned, “He’s completely satisfied to be mendacity on the couch, consuming issues, taking part in along with his ball.”

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