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Fire dog Simba defies downpours to take plunge in Hampstead Heath ponds

PUBLISHED: 14:08 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:09 03 March 2020

Simba very much embraced the elements. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Simba very much embraced the elements. Picture: London Fire Brigade

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Adorable firefighting dog Simba braved the recent wet weather to plunge into the Hampstead Heath ponds.

He is trained to snuff out blazes for the London Fire Brigade. Picture: London Fire BrigadeHe is trained to snuff out blazes for the London Fire Brigade. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Specially trained to identify flammable substances, Simba is one of the London Fire Brigade's (LFB's) four-legged friends that assist with criminal investigations determining whether a fire has been started deliberately.

The furry canine, having been relieved of training duties this time around, took the opportunity to wander around the Heath band before taking a dip as his final act of leisurely indulgence.

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"He wasn't training - he'd literally just gone up there for a walk and a run around," a LFB spokesperson said.

Hampstead Heath is one of Simba's favourite parks to strut his stuff. Picture: London Fire BrigadeHampstead Heath is one of Simba's favourite parks to strut his stuff. Picture: London Fire Brigade

"He and his trainer don't really use the Heath for training, although it is one of his favourite parks!"

LFB's fire dogs are selected from a young age based on their high drive for play.

They follow a positive reinforcement training programme where they are rewarded with a tennis ball each time they detect a flammable substance.

More information on the dogs' care and training can be found at london-fire.gov.uk.

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