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Memphis fire dogs teach fire safety
Fire dogs help teach fire safety to students
Posted on 11/15/2019
Local students learned about fire safety on Friday from one of the best teachers – Fire Dog Astro.
Fire Dog Astro
He and his owner, Memphis Fire Department Fire Education Specialist Patricia Belt, taught the students how to “stop, drop, cover (eyes and mouth), and roll” with a special demonstration from Astro at the Memphis Fire Museum. 

Belt and Astro visit hospitals, schools, and fire museums to teach fire safety. Along with Astro, Dalmatians Izzy and Ember, are also part of the team. Astro and Izzy are registered therapy dogs, helping firefighters during stressful work days, and are also trained as reading education assistants. They’re also deaf (30 percent of Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears.) 

Belt rescued both dogs and trained them herself. She uses hand signals and treats when guiding them. 

“Deaf dogs hear, just not with their ears,” said Belt.

Dalmatians have worked with fire departments for centuries. Early on, the dogs would run along horse-drawn fire carriages to help guide the horses and encourage them to pick up the pace if needed. Today, they serve as brave companions for first responders. 

Click here to learn about Belt’s non-profit, TN Safety Spotters. 

Fire Dog Astro
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