The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to introduce you to the newest resident at Fire Station 32, Wally. Wally is a fully trained and certified golden-doodle therapy dog. He was donated to the department by the Caring Angels Therapy Dogs, sponsored by Sit Means Sit. Wally comes Fire Station 32, Fairview, as part of a pilot program instituted by the Fire and Rescue Department that hopes to use a highly trained and certified therapy dog to benefit on-duty personnel at the fire station. The Department’s Behavioral Health Office is evaluating the use of these specially-trained dogs to reduce the cumulative stress firefighters experience witnessing traumas and tragedy throughout the course of their careers.
Wally has been specifically trained by Caring Angels, in collaboration with selected Fairfax County firefighters, for the fire station environment. He lives in the fire station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with shift personnel. Each shift has a designated, trained handler who is responsible for Wally’s daily care.
CARING ANGELS THERAPY DOGS
The Caring Angels Therapy Dogs organization primarily trains therapy dogs to assist military personnel and veterans that are battling the effects of traumatic exposures. For more information, visit www.caringangelstherapydogs.org