Station Doggie Dates program helps boost first responders’ morale – Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s fire and paramedic stations will have the chance to add a new furry crew member.

WFPS and agency Winnipeg Animal Services are teaming up for the “Station Doggie Dates” program, which gives first responders the chance to host an adoptable dog at the station.

It’s been a pilot project for over a month on Station 9, and it’s been a success so far.

“Just wonderful in terms of the benefits these animals bring to the workplace in terms of improving coping mechanisms for people, lowering stress and boosting overall morale in the workplace,” said Christian Schmidt, head of WFPS.

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City Animal Services chief Leland Gordon says it’s a win-win and believes it’s the first partnership of its kind in Canada.

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“I’ve also heard from some members of the boss’s team that after a really tough call, it’s nice to go back to the station and have a dog to spend some time with that helps them de-stress after a few tough calls,” Gordon said. .

The program is an extension of the Doggie Dates program, which allows the public to take a dog up for adoption for a day.

The public still can’t hang out with the dogs and firefighters, but Schmidt says it could be an option in the future once the show has been operating for some time.

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