Hagerstown Fire Chief Kyd Dieterich said that the
department is grateful the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
recognizes this need in our community, and we're even more
excited to have an explosives detection K-9 dedicated to the
Having the dog and handler will significantly improve response
times for those calls where there's a greater potential for
damage to people and property. The Hagerstown Fire Department will be able to provide
greater services to our citizens without any cost to the
Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas DeHaven said the Hagerstown
Police Department retired its explosives K-9 several years ago,
and city Police Chief Mark Holtzman made the fire marshal's
office aware of the foundation.
Several months ago, we applied for this grant, and we are very
excited that it has been awarded to the Hagerstown Fire
Department, DeHaven said.
Having the dog will not only improve our response time, but it
will also help with prevention, he said. "We have many large
events in the city, and this will be a great asset when dealing
with large crowds."
Deputy Fire Marshal Dale G. Fishack will be the dog's handler,
according to DeHaven.
Some information provided by Herald Mail.