MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis Fire Department welcomed a new team member this week and he’s a bit furry.
Wilson is MFD’s newest therapy dog.
He’s a 1-year-old Golden Doodle who has been trained in basic obedience and therapy work. According to the department, Wilson’s job is to held firefighters cope with stress and everyday work load.
MFD says it is one of the few fire departments in the nation to add a therapy dog to their staff.
“They have to be kind of calm and intuitive to be able to focus in on people’s feelings and know appropriately when someone needs to pet a dog," said Gina Sweat, Memphis Fire Department director.
Wilson has been with the department for about a week.
A grant from The Assissi Foundation will fund Wilson’s care for the next five years.