We are familiar with bomb detection dogs being used to thwart any Terror Threat and utilised in Afghanistan and Iraq, however now, more than ever before, these specialist dogs are now being used in the UK and one company is at the forefront of this war against terror.
Established in 1996 RFA Security has been supplying full time, in house, explosive detection dog teams since 2005 and these teams are working everywhere from the Palace of Westminster filtration facilities, City finance houses and blue chip companies, through to sporting venues and freight services.
Tony Foster is one of the partners who founded RFA Security and he explains why a dog really is man’s best friend: “For all the advances in science it remains that man’s best friend is also man’s best defence against those who seek to use explosive devices to make their point. Our highly trained explosive detection dogs have no agenda, cannot be corrupted and live to please their handler by searching for traces of explosives.
“Our dogs are trained to the exacting standards of the RAF Police, complimented by NASDU – the National Association of Security Dog Users and the BSI, under BS: 8571-2: 2010 and we are licensed by the Metropolitan Police for the use/storage of explosives as we use live explosives to train our dogs.
“The standards are important as demand increases for specialist sniffer dogs such as those here at RFA Security. Less reputable operators claim to be ‘Home Office Licensed‘, which sounds impressive. Unfortunately for them, the Home Office does not licence or assess commercial civilian explosive search teams for their operational competency, nor does ACPO. So any company declaring or intimating that they are licensed by the Home Office or ACPO are, to be blunt, attempting to deceive the client. This is no time to cut corners or make false claims.