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The Station Doggie Dates program helps boost first responders morale

Winnipeg's fire department has the opportunity to add new furry crew members.

WFPS and Winnipeg Animal Service Agency are working together for a "Station Doggy Date" program that gives first responders the opportunity to host dogs available at stations.

A pilot project has been underway at Station 9 for over a month and has been a hit so far.

"It's just amazing in terms of the benefits these animals bring to the workplace, reducing stress and improving the coping mechanisms of people who raise overall morale in the workplace," said WFPS Chief Christian. Schmidt said.

Read more:Adoption marks the "Doggie Dates" program as a great success

Head of Animal Services in the City Leland Gordon says it's a win-win and believe it's the first partnership of its kind in Canada.

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"I have some The chief staff said it would be nice to go back to the station and spend time with the dog after a very tough call I heard from, even though they were relieving stress after some tough calls. It helps, "Gordon said.

This program is an extension of the Doggie Dates program that allows the general public to take their dog out for a day.

The general public still can't hang out with dogs and firefighters, but Schmidt says it could be a future option if the program has been running for some time. ..

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