First Responder Therapy Dogs have been working in the field for nearly two years, calming and putting smiles on hundreds of first responders faces. Their duties have included: making scheduled visits to fire stations, attending debriefing/defusing sessions following difficult service calls, and visiting base camps at wildland fires. More details about their work include:
Visits to emergency rooms, fire stations, dispatchers' offices, and administrative staff offices are scheduled in advance. During the one to two-hour visits, teams spend time with the personnel on shift.
We coordinate directly with Cal Fire to make scheduled appearances at base camps established for fighting wildland fires in California. The visits typically occur as the first responders are getting ready to go to the fire line.
Following a challenging call, a defusing session typically occurs with the staff involved. A therapy dog joins to assist attendees in addressing their emotional responses to what they experienced during a high stress incident.
Please note that during COVID, First Responder Therapy Dogs will visit firefighters, emergency room staff and other first responders outside, masked and social distanced. We will be on call for firefighter defusing and Marin Search and Rescue peer support deployment. Post COVID, all programs will be available.
We appreciate any level of donation that works for you. Your donations will be used to provide specific programs and to support our mission and goals. With your tax-deductible contribution, we will continue to be a powerful tool in helping first responders take to the frontline.
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Marin County, San Rafael, California 94901, United States
First Responder Therapy Dogs is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a
California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.
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