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Tanker (Photo: Courtesy of Town of Riverview)

Riverview Fire and Rescue therapy dog invited for training in U.S.

By Tara Clow Feb 27, 2024 | 1:44 PM

More extensive training will be offered to Tanker and Lieutenant David Murray.

K9 Tanker and Lieutenant David Murray have been invited in June to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Law Enforcement Therapy K9 School in Columbus, Ohio to participate alongside 12 agencies and their K9 companions.

The training will allow Tanker to be exposed to more people who have been affected by psychological trauma and a chance to help support them. It’s also important for the dogs to be exposed to different environments they may have to deal with, whether there are different noises or atmospheres they may come in contact. The training will teach Tanker to stay focussed and support his sponsor as he does his job.

“Tanker is a vital part of our department and has played a tremendous role in our community engagement as well as public education surrounding fire prevention, in his short time with us so far. We are excited to have him and Lieutenant Murray embrace our values of dedication and professionalism in continuing their training with this opportunity,” says Riverview Fire and Rescue Chief Robin True.

Tanker has been with Riverview Fire and Rescue for the past year and is a member of the Rescue and Canine Therapy for First Responders (CTFFR) program.

“Tanker has been a great support to the firefighters when they come in for the start of their shift or after they come back from calls. It’s always a highlight of the day to see Tanker in the station for career and volunteer firefighters. I think it has helped to relieve the stress of the job,” True adds.