National Fire Dog Monument

The National Fire Dog Monument (NFDM) is a life-size bronze scultpure dedicated to all Certified Accelerant Detection Canines (arson dogs) as a way to acknowledge their service to the communities where they serve. These dogs do not ask for anything in return after risking their lives to reduce the negative impact of arson in their communities.Photo of Austin Weishel

The monument was inspired by Colorado’s first arson dog – Erin. Her handler, Agent Jerry Means with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation created the monument when Erin passed away May 2010 from cancer. Agent Means wanted to recognize the tireless contributions arson dogs make in arson investigations. The monument design is a standing fire fighter looking down on his canine partner, who is looking back up at his handler ready to work. The monument is titled “From Ashes to Answers”.

The life-size bronze statue is the work of artist and sculptor Austin Weishel. The 24 year old specializes in bronze sculptures and monuments. Austin is also a firefighter with the Windsor Fire Department in Colorado. You can see more of Austin’s work at his website – Austin Weishel Bronze Sculptures.

The bronzing process for the monument was completed by Bronze Services Fine Art Foundry in Loveland, Co and transportated to our nation’s capitol in June 2012. The monument resided in the D.C. Fire & EMS Museum until its permanent placement outside of Fire Station #2 in October 2013.

National Fire Dog Monument

State Farm Arson Dog Handlers at the NFDM

"Ashes to Answers: It all started with K-9 Erin" - National Fire Dog Monument plaque in Washington, D.C.

“Ashes to Answers: It all started with K-9 Erin” – National Fire Dog Monument plaque in Washington, D.C.



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