Paul Osborne

A Brave Dog Named Sherlock
  • A Brave Dog Named Sherlock

  • ***As seen in the Daily Mail and on ITV London News***
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    The incredible true story of Sherlock, the brave dog with a nose for saving lives.

    Firefighter Paul Osborne works with the Fire Investigation Dog unit, where he handles Sherlock – an excitable, bright-eyed cocker spaniel.

    What makes Sherlock different? He’s the most talented investigative dog the Fire Brigade has ever produced, capable of identifying extraordinarily subtle traces and scents even after thousand-degree blazes – even when he has to wear special protective boots due to the dangerous environments.

    Today, Paul and Sherlock fearlessly plunge into the most dramatic fire scenes in London, helping to keep the capital safe around the clock. With remarkable insight into the life of London’s most heroic working dog, this inspiring account of the London Fire Brigade’s four-legged heroes will delight and amaze.

    Foreword by Dany Cotton, Commissioner for The London Fire Brigade
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    Winners of the Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2017

    Written in collaboration with and with full support from the London Fire Brigade

Paul Osborne is a fire investigation officer who has been with the Fire Brigade for over 20 years. In 2013, Paul was selected to be a Hydrocarbon Dog Handler, one of just 14 teams across the country. He was paired up with the bright-eyed Cocker Spaniel, Sherlock to help make London a safer city. Sherlock is a five-year old Cocker Spaniel with a nose for sniffing out ignitable liquids. He is very fond of tennis balls.