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Established in 1991, CADA is the oldest national and international association dedicated solely to detection canines working in the field of fire investigations. These canines are an invaluable resource and are used to assist fire investigators in determining whether or not ignitable liquids were present at the time of a fire; be it a content fuel or a fuel introduced as an accelerant. There are many other proper uses for  detection canines in our field ranging from detecting ignitable liquids on a suspect’s clothing or inside of a vehicle used to transport such liquids; helping the fire investigator clear the scene of ignitable liquids; clearing investigators tools before scene processing, among many 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.


October CADA Spotlight of the Month Guy Aumend and K9 Gretchen

K-9 Torch Scene Sniff

October Photo of the Month Jeff Silver and K9 Torch





          • New CADA  Accelerant Detection Canine Team Standard 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