Meet Sonny, the Phoenix Fire Department's new arson dog

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  • Published: 10/01/2019 12:00 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 1, is National Fire Pup Day, a time to recognize the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country. So on this day, the Phoenix Fire Department introduced the public to “Sonny," the department's new arson dog. Sonny is a 2-year-old “Goldador,” a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador. Our Good Morning Arizona crew got to meet Sonny on Tuesday morning at the Phoenix Fire Training Academy. In April, Sonny finished his four-week national certification to become one of only two accelerant dogs in the Valley. It takes some special training to pass the accelerant dog certification program and become an official arson dog. Rob Simpson, Sonny's Phoenix Fire Department handler, spent 200 hours with Sonny during his training.


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