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Oct. 7, 2011ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Farwell

Fire Dog

Its furry, has four legs, a tail, and is now the newest member of an area fire station.

Today the St. Joseph Fire Department is introducing "Phoenix" a Labrador retriever. Phoenix is a k-9 unit that will assist the department with investigations and keeping one step ahead of potential arsonist. The training Phoenix went through wasn't easy a 5-week Canine-Accelerant Detection course that trains dogs to use their keen sense of smell to aid officials. Phoenix will be handled by St. Joseph Arson Investigator Jason Ziph.