HERO: Billy the fire dog with new Yeti
Independent fire dog detection service K9 Response are set to reap big rewards after taking delivery of a new, specially-adapted Skoda Yeti.
The Yeti will be used by dog handler Duncan Carmichael to transport highly-trained fire investigation dog Billy, as they attend the aftermath of suspicious blazes to collect evidence.
Alongside assisting fire investigators and police in identifying arson, and ensuring evidence is properly recovered to assist prosecution, the duo also attend schools, open days and other public events to promote fire safety.
Expert outfit specialist, Engineering Vehicle Options (EVO), have fitted the Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDi 105PS GreenLine with innovative features.
These include a kennel drainage system, a 41inch Premier Hazard Lightbar, air conditioning, public warning equipment and a range of kit storage solutions.
Designed to meet the dog handler‘s express specification, the Skoda Yeti will transport Duncan and Billy to fire scenes across Scotland and the north of England.
Mr Carmicheal said: “The role Billy plays is of vital importance, and this Skoda Yeti will ensure that he travels in safety and comfort.”
Alan Barrowman, Area Fleet Manager Scotland and Northern England for Skoda UK, added: “We are proud to support Duncan and Billy the fire dog in the invaluable work that they do for their community.
“As well as being safe and reliable, this vehicle provides excellent value for money, impressive comfort for the handler and a safe environment for Billy.”