Wilmington Fire Department to welcome new crisis response dog at Back to School Open House

Wilmington Fire Department to welcome new crisis response dog at Back to School Open House
Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 1:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2022 at 3:36 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The City of Wilmington is inviting the community to a Back to School Open House at Wilmington Fire Department Station 2 (3403 Park Avenue).

“There will be free hot dogs, firetruck tours, a firefighter obstacle course, health screenings, and more,” writes the city in an announcement. You can check out the event on Saturday August 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have any questions you can reach out to the city at 910-343-4787.

A follow up announcement shared by the fire department says they will also be welcoming a second Crisis Response Facility Dog at the event. The new dog, HEART, will become a part of the department’s mental health and wellness program, reducing stress and anxiety for victims of an emergency. These dogs with jobs are possible thanks to WFD’s partnership with the paws4people foundation.