County's bomb-sniffing dogs will get new training kit, demonstrate their powers of smell at Grange Fair

The PA K9 Assistance Foundation will donate a new training kit to Bucks County’s bomb-sniffing dogs, giving them more opportunities to practice detecting explosive materials such as black powder, which was used in the Boston Marathon bombing this year.

The county’s police departments have several bomb-sniffing dogs that train together, said Mike Decher, the foundation’s founder and a Northampton police officer. The new kit will provide K9 teams with more materials to train with and fresher scents of bomb-making materials, which include those used to make dynamite and plastic explosives as well as some common household chemicals.

Bucks County’s K9s are used often in the community. For instance, they were called to Council Rock High School-South in December after a student made threats against teachers and students.      

The Tripwire Operations Group,  a Gettysburg-based company that makes public safety products, donated the kit. The foundation will present it to the Bucks County Bomb Dog Task Force on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Middletown Grange Fair in Wrightstown.

After the presentation in Horse Arena A, police will demonstrate the bomb-sniffing capabilities of the county’s police dogs. The K9 foundation also will be accepting donations from the community to continue its mission to help sustain K9 teams throughout the Commonwealth.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website: