(DES MOINES) The Iowa Department of Public Safety welcomed its newest employee to the State Fire Marshal Division today (Friday).
Casey, a four year old, tan lab with expertise in explosive detection, arrived in Iowa today from North Carolina. The free adoption was made possible under a special law enforcement adoption program offered by the State Department of Defense -- US Marine Corp, for canines that return from military deployments overseas.
State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds said Casey has completed one, seven-month tour in Afghanistan and she has saved multiple soldiers lives because of her special skills in detecting IED’s.
Casey is now the third canine used by the State Fire Marshal Division. Rocket is a seven year old yellow lab used to detect accelerant liquids during a fire investigation, and Kodi is a two year old Belgium Malinois currently being used to detect explosives.
Fire Inspector Rob Van Pelt will be Casey's handler.