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Canine Accelerant Detection Association (CADA)

Established in 1991, CADA is the oldest national organization dedicated solely to the use of accelerant detection canines. These canines are an invaluable tool and are used to assist fire investigators in determining whether or not ignitable liquids (accelerants) were present at the time of a fire. They can also be used to detect ignitable liquids on a suspect’s clothing or inside of a vehicle used to transport such liquids, among other things.

Ignitable liquids include, but are not limited to:

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Paint thinner
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Charcoal Lighter Fluid

CADA’s certified canine teams are employed by fire departments, law enforcement, and private-sector agencies. The canines can be either food, treat or play reward.



      • The 2014 annual conference and canine team certification will be held in Alliance, Ohio, September 24th -27th (with the 23rd as a travel day). Please click here for the application to attend. To view and download the brochure along with the Application to Attend in a printable format, please click here.
      • CADA has a new Accelerant Detection Canine Team Standard, which includes a new certification/testing standard. Please click here to view the new standard.
      • CADA takes a position on the term “Arson Dog.”
        For further info, click here
      • CADA takes a position on “testifying to negative samples”
        For further info, click here