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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.



CADA 2015 Calendar
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CADA 2015 Conference Photo



      • Mark your calendar’s!  The 2015 Annual Conference and Canine Team Certification will be held in Raymore, Missouri, September 23th -26th. We look forward to having another great conference.  More details will be forthcoming.  Please continue to check back here for updates.
      • CADA has a new Accelerant Detection Canine Team Standard, which includes a new certification/testing standard. Please click here to view the new standard. For Attachment #1 click here.
      • 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