Firefighters Train Helper Dogs

Puppies from Canine Companions Northern Ohio Chapter were at Fire Station No. 4 on Prospect Road June 4 as part of their training as helper dogs for people with disabilities.

Volunteer puppy-raisers brought the pups to the station to get them used to dealing with things they might encounter on the job. They met firefighters wearing full turnout gear, checked out oxygen masks, walked past roaring chain saws and experienced a fire situation with simulated smoke in the station's training tower.

The volunteers have been bringing the dogs to the station for several years.