The canine was delivered to the Millville Fire Department, which was in need of an arson detection dog, after more than a year of training. Hansel was the first of his breed to become an arson detection K9 officer because of this. After being saved from death, the dog is now saving lives on his own!
He has also won the Law Enforcement and Detection Hero Dog 2021 award.
He has received specialized training to recognize ignitable substances like gasoline and diesel.
Following Hansel’s lead, other departments have also indicated an interest in adopting pit bulls as arson detection dogs.
Over time, the dog has developed a close friendship with his handler, firefighter Tyler Van Leer, in addition to helping the fire service save lives.
The “dynamic pair in a very specific field” is now Hansel and Tyler. They are inseparable, Tyler said in one of his interviews.
“He is just an awesome dog. I wouldn’t ask for any other dog”