Guide to Applying

  • We place arson dogs with department or agencies that respond to a minimum of 50 structure fires a year. When applying for an arson dog that will investigate in multiple cities/counties/fire districts you can combine information from surrounding jurisdictions to increase the fire load numbers. Structure fires that your department responds to do not have to be identified as arson to be considered for the program.
  • When we review applications for scholarships, we look to place arson dog teams in areas with the greatest need.
  • When we review applications for scholarships, we consider the applicants’ proximity to other arson dog teams when deciding where to place a new team.
  • We do not place arson dog teams with volunteer fire departments or with private fire investigation firms.
  • Applications are reviewed annually in late August/early September. Applicants are notified of their status in late November/early December.
  • Applicants that are not chosen will have their applications kept on file for consideration in future classes and will be considered as a replacement for a scholarship recipient who is unable to attend a class.
  • Applicants do not have to reapply each year, however, applicants may be asked to provide updated fire load numbers if they have been on the approved waiting list for several years.
  • It is not uncommon for applicants to remain on the approved waiting list for several years before being offered a class scholarship.


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