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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, July 15, 2013

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(515) 725-6189 - office

New K-9 Pogo Begins Serving Iowans Thanks to Donation from Iowa Insurance Company

Des Moines, IOWA --- Arson was responsible for $35 million dollars in property damage in 2012.  In order to more effectively combat the effects of arson, the State Fire Marshal was awarded one of several accelerant detection dogs as part of a national program offered by State Farm Insurance. 

Come meet Pogo and his enthusiastic handler Special Agent Jeff Shatzer this Wednesday.  Pogo and SA Shatzer will offer a demonstration on accelerant detection, while the State Fire Marshal will discuss future plans for the state’s K-9 program.

WHAT:  K-9 Pogo begins his service to Iowa thanks to a generous donation from State Farm Insurance.  Meet Pogo watch as he demonstrates how he’ll detect flammable liquids at fire scenes across Iowa.
WHERE: Oran Pape Public Safety Building
  215 E. 7th Street
  Des Moines, Iowa 50319
WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  11:00 AM
WHO:  Iowa Department of Public Safety
  State Fire Marshal Division
  State Farm Insurance Companies

State Farm Insurance has placed over 300 dogs in the hands of fire and law enforcement agencies in order to assist authorities detect arson fires. 



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