OMAHA, Nebraska – The Omaha Fire Department officially received a new addition Thursday. K-9 Delta replaces Ellie’s former arson dog.
The two dogs discover the accelerators being used to start the fire.
After seven years on the job, Ellie has received her Service Certificate and is ready to retire.
Since its founding in 2016, it has helped investigate more than 100 fires each year, some of which have resulted in arrests.
Now 3-year-old Goldador takes on Ellie’s important job. In fact, Delta already has one.
She has been taught to sit down whenever she smells the dangerous smell of boosters, which may indicate that the fire is the result of arson.
Ellie’s trainer is also Omaha-based Delta Fire Investigator David Sobotka.
She is on duty now. It works,” Sobotka said. “In fact, about four hours after her certification, she had already started working on stage. She is now in the service, working.
Both Alley and Delta were taken over by the OFD through State Farm. Their work is funded entirely by donations to the Rapid Response Fund.