Puppy training to be child service dog visits Madison fire station

Buddy and Madison fire fighters. (Courtesy of the Madison Fire Department).
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Madison firefighters at Station 5 were paid a special visit by a furry friend named Buddy, who is training as a service dog to help children in need.

The Madison Fire Department posted to Twitter saying that “it was time for him to learn what a firefighter looks like in gear.”


Buddy is being trained through a program called Dogs In Vests. This organization works to get dogs trained and paired with a child in need, the department says on its website.

Buddy and his trainer, Bob, stopped by the station to show Buddy that firefighters in their gear won’t hurt the child he will help.

To help Buddy out, Firefighter Sean Emberson geared up and began to play with Buddy. "They hit it off right away!" the department says.

“Bob, Buddy, and their family live in Engine 5’s neighborhood. It was an honor to meet them both!!” the fire department says on its website.