Reqs is ready for his dog days with Herts’ fire service

Claire Rafferty from Computacenter, Councillor Richard Thake, dogs CC and Reqs, handler Nikki Harvey and Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher.

Claire Rafferty from Computacenter, Councillor Richard Thake, dogs CC and Reqs, handler Nikki Harvey and Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher.

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Working for Herts Fire and Rescue Service certainly wouldn’t be described as a dog’s life, but a new professional pooch has joined the investigations team.

Black labrador Reqs – pronounced ‘Rex’, but short for Requisition as he is named by sponsors ComputaCentre – has been in training for the vital role since he was six months old. He is now almost two.

The canine recruit will work alongside the county’s current fire investigations dog CC, who is due to retire in a year.

Reqs will then have big boots to fill – literally, as he must wear a uniform consisting of a harness and safety shoes which protect his paws from sharp objects.

As well as helping to investigate suspicious fires, Reqs will also post fire safety messages on Twitter @ReqsFireDog.