Locally K-9 officers Stano, Voodoo and Draco are instrumental at helping solve crimes but the Des Moines Fire Department is believed to be the first in the state of Iowa to deploy a full-time arson dog.

Radio Iowa reports, Fire Department Captain Eric Huntoon is being paired up with the well-educated rookie, an English Black Lab named Yahtzee

The addition of Yahtzee is a game-changer for the fire investigation unit, as the dog’s highly-skilled at detecting small traces of chemicals that are used to start fires.

Funding for Yahtzee and his training was provided through the State Farm Arson Dog Program, which has placed more than 450 dogs across the U-S and Canada since its launch in 1993.

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