The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) Department, Office of the Fire Marshal has added a new member to
their roster. K-9 Tango and her partner, Captain Bino J. Harris, recently
completed a 16 week explosive detection training program offered by the Central
Intelligence Agency. K-9 Tango, a 21 month old Labrador retriever, has been
conditioned to detect explosives, explosives residue, and post-blast evidence.
In Prince George's County, the Bomb Squad is a function of the Fire/EMS Department and housed within the Office of the Fire Marshal. Due to recent retirements, the Office of the Fire Marshal had a need for an explosives detecting canine capable of detecting explosives and firearms threats in an effort to support its mission.
K-9 Tango was hand selected by CIA trainers from a
nonprofit organization called Puppies Behind Bars. This program pairs inmates
with puppies to teach the dogs basic commands.
She was then taught explosives odor recognition
through a food and praise reward system. K-9 Tango is trained to
detect chemical compounds used in an estimated 19,000 explosives
This explosive detection canine team joins an accelerant detection canine team already in service in the department.