Fire rescue in Colorado swears in comfort dogs to help first responders with PTSD

  • Source: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
  • Published: 08/07/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: South Metro Fire Rescue is trying something it says is “fairly revolutionary” among fire departments. Monday night, SMFR officially swore in two dogs to the department. Champ and Molson even have their own badges. “It really, truly solidified them as an employee and gives them the ability to be a part of the department the same that way I am or anybody else,” Molson’s handler, paramedic supervisor JP Piche told FOX31. The dogs are the first two employees in SMFR’s Emergency Responder Service Dogs program. While fire departments have long used working dogs for arson investigations, search and rescue, scent tracking and as mascots, Molson and Champ are specially trained comfort dogs.


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