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K-9 Team



Picture of K-9 Tanya and Deputy John M. Galaska in uniform
Photo Credit: Heather Paul, State Farm Insurance

Deputy State Fire Marshal John Galaska and K-9 are a fire investigation accelerant detection team with the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. K-9 Tanya, a 2½ year old black Labrador retriever, and Deputy Galaska were trained during a 5 week class in Alfred, Maine by Maine Specialty Dogs and certified as a team by the Maine State Police in April/May 2014. K-9 Tanya is specially trained to sniff out ignitable liquids that may be used to start or spread a fire. Deputy Galaska and K-9 Tanya will also perform demonstrations for schools and other organizations. As a team, Deputy Galaska and K-9 Tanya are proud to serve the entire state of Delaware.


Picture of K-9 Tanya and Deputy John M. Galaska
Photo Credit: Heather Paul, State Farm Insurance

K-9 Tanya and Deputy Galaska moments after being partnered as a team.


Picture of K-9 Tanya and Deputy John M. Galaska in a training session
Photo Credit: Heather Paul, State Farm Insurance

K-9 Tanya and Deputy Galaska’s first training exercise together in Alfred, Maine.


Picture of the K-9 team being trained
Photo Credit: Heather Paul, State Farm Insurance

K-9 Tanya and Deputy Galaska (4th team from right, white shirt) lined up for drills at training in Alfred, Maine.


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