The NH Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal relies on the fine men and women which make up the division to provide the various services for the citizens of New Hampshire. One such group is the talented group of certified canine handlers which make up our canine program. Here is more information about them.
District Chief John Southwell
District Chief John Southwell was the divisions first canine handler. he has been with the division since 1986 and heads up the canine program. John is currently working with his third canine, Andre.
Investigator Tom Norton
Our second handler for the state was Investigator Thomas Norton. Tom had two canines, Ruth and Cinder. Unfortunately, we do not have any pictures of Tom and his canines.
Assistant Director John Raymond
Our third canine handler for the state was Assistant Director John Raymond. When John was an investigator, he handled Clancy, the division's first chocolate labrador. When Investigator Raymond was promoted to Assistant Director, Clancy went into retirement until his passing in 2009.
Investigator Mike Stark
The fourth canine handler was Investigator Mike Stark. Starks canine was named Molly. Molly came to the division after being rescued in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Investigator Stark left the division to work in local law enforcement in August of 2007.
Investigator Stacey Dubois
The fifth and most recent canine handler is Investigator Dubois. In addition to being the first female canine handler, she also has the distinction of having the first yellow labrador, Molly. Investigator Dubois graduated from the University of New Haven in 2006 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Fire Science. She currently covers Region 1 which includes Coos and upper Grafton Counties.