Therapy dogs aid Fairfax County Fire and Rescue


Fairfax County’s Fire Station 32 has a furry firefighter on duty. Goldendoodle Wally is an in-house therapy dog for the seven firefighters on duty at a time. 

Wally was trained and fostered by K-9 Caring Angels, a nonprofit in Manassas that has trained and donated 160 therapy dogs for veterans and victims of human trafficking. 

Wally’s been a big hit at Fire Station 32. Now his big sister Belle is in her second phase of training to become Fairfax Fire and Rescue’s second therapy dog. 

“Sometimes coming back after a long call or stressful call — just like having a pet at home — sometimes it can just put you in the right mood,” said Battalion Chief Keith Ludeman.

Unlike Wally, who lives at Station 32 full time, Belle will float from the county’s stations as needed.

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