K9 Rocket retires after 11 years of service with the State Fire Marshal
K9 Rocket was obtained with 100% private donations from Council Bluffs area businesses and in July of 2003 Rocket was certified as an accelerant detection canine. On August 3, 2003 Special Agent John Ticer completed the required 80 hour handler course and K9 Rocket and he became a working team. In May, 2006 Rocket became certified through the United States Police Canine Associate USPCA and was recertified annually through that independent certifying agency scoring high or near perfect marks in each and every years testing.
During his career K9 Rocket has participated in more than 600 training exercises, with more than 5,000 repetitions during those training exercises. During his 11 year career K9 Rocket was deployed on over 350 fire scenes which included more than 35 fatality scenes with at least 3 of those fires determined to be multiple fatality/homicide fires. Rocket has also been deployed at more than 100 arson scenes involving cases that resulted in felony arrests
Rocket will enjoy retirement relaxing on the farm with his handler/owner SA Ticer.
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Division of the State Fire Marshal
The State Fire Marshal Division (SFM), established in
1911, is the oldest of the five divisions within the Department of Public
Safety. SFM was created to collect statistics on fire in Iowa and to develop
fire safety regulations. Through promotion and enforcement of fire safety
regulations, building code provisions and arson investigation, the five
bureaus which comprise this division continue to have responsibility
for reducing the loss of life and property by fire. Presently the Division has 27 sworn officers
and 44 civilian employees.
The division is comprised of five (5) bureaus: