COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) has a new four-legged member of the department!
Diesel is a wellness therapy dog whose job is to comfort firefighters and department staff through the stresses of the profession. He is a black lab who has a few grey hairs on his chin, but CSFD said that doesn’t stop him from cuddling up to just about anyone.
He is the only therapy dog currently working for CSFD, and the department told FOX21 News that Diesel and his handler Cassy will be responding to calls for service whenever the department needs a helping paw.
Diesel was trained by Go Team Therapy Dogs, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that began after the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 23, 2012. Two therapy dogs and their handlers visited displaced residents in hotels and evacuation centers, as well as first responders battling the fire. The dogs provided comfort and distraction to those dealing with the tragedy, to an overwhelmingly positive reception.
Current Executive Director Nancy Trepagnier, one of the original volunteers, saw the need for well-trained therapy and crisis handler/dog teams, and the GO TEAM was founded.
To learn more about Go Team Therapy dogs, request a comfort team, or find out how to volunteer, go to goteamdogs.org. You can also welcome CSFD’s very good boy Diesel on the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
On this furry new addition, CSFD said “We are very excited about the future with Diesel.”