Firefighters in San Diego have a yellow lab-golden retriever dog named Genoa that helps them fight the stress of the rigors of their job. They spend time petting and interacting with the dog after calls and their stress is relieved.
Genoa helps the firefighters reset their day and bring balance to them after stressful job interactions. The Fire Chief Colin Stowell stated that the year of Covid, the historic fire season to the north and exhaustion are some of the reasons that the canine program was developed.
- Recently, a San Diego fire chief spoke at a ceremony specifically instituted to welcome canines into the ranks.
- The chief, Colin Stowell, noted that the profession and his own fighters were under a lot of stress, due to the fire season and the pandemic.
- This awareness of stress overload among firefighters, led to the creation of the canine program as a way for fighters to handle their stress.
“One by one, firefighters returned gear to the vehicle, pausing each time over a half-hour to pet or hug Genoa, a crisis response dog, doing her job of releasing stress of his human companions.”