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 Stacey Dubois
The fifth and most recent canine handler is District Chief/Investigator Dubois. She is the handler for our first yellow lab, Molly. District Chief Dubois graduated from the University of New Haven in 2006 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Fire Science. She currently supervises District 1 whick includes Coos, upper Grafton Counties, and Carroll counties.
District Chief John Southwell (Ret.)
District Chief John Southwell was the divisions first canine handler. He was with the division from 1986 to 2015. John worked three different canines during his career with the NHFMO.
Assistant Director John Raymond (Ret.)
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 (Resigned)
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 Tom Norton (Ret.)
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.