Who let the dogs out at Medway fire station?
Guide Dogs training visit to Medway Fire Station
10 November 2016
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) values the importance of first class training, so when they were approached by the Guide Dogs Medway Branch, to help familiarise their puppies with a range of different environments and noises, firefighters were delighted to help out.
Medway's fire crews welcomed nine puppies and their Puppy Walkers to the fire station on Watling Street, Gillingham last month for a special training day. The pups, aged between six months to a year, arrived at the station with their Puppy Walkers to take part in a full fire station walkthrough, from arriving in the drill yard, to having a thorough tour of the station and even scaling the dizzy heights of the drill tower – a multi-level structure simulating a high-rise building that firefighters train in.
The pups experienced a variety of sounds and smells, as well as different temperatures and floor surfaces, including going up and down stairs, all of which they will experience when they are fully trained as guide dogs.
One of the guide dogs that visited Medway
Vanessa Johnson from the Guide Dogs Medway Branch said: “We are very grateful to the team at Medway fire station for giving up their valuable time and providing a wide range of distractions, noises and moving objects. The pups all seemed comfortable in their surroundings despite numerous distractions including alarm bells, sirens, hoses and even a generator they walked by at close proximity.
Medway Watch Manager, Shaun Humphries, who arranged the training visit, said: “Our new four-legged friends were very cute and I’m not sure who enjoyed the visit most.
“Like us, the pups’ future role is about helping to keep people safe and being ready to deal with whatever situation they are faced with. It was a pleasure to be able to help them gain this crucial experience.”
The Guide Dogs visit Medway for a training session