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Casper Fire Department welcomes first certified therapy dogs

Photos courtesy of Casper Fire Department

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Fire Department announced the appointment of two certified therapy dogs Wednesday.

The dogs, Axe and Quincie, are the first in the department’s 128-year history.

Both have completed their 17-week K-9 Caring Angels training program in partnership with Sit Means Sit dog training, and will assume their roles beginning this week.

Axe is a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback and will serve alongside Deputy Chief Cam Siplon. Quincie is a 1-year-old Golden Retriever and will serve alongside Deputy Chief Jason Speiser.

Pursuant to the commitment of the City of Casper to enhance mental health services and accessibility for all employees, the department said Axe and Quincie will serve as an integral part of the continued enhancement of mental health services and options for Casper’s firefighters.

K-9 Caring Angels Therapy and Service Dogs trains and certifies therapy dogs around the country for both private citizens and for organizations including fire departments, police departments, assisted living, counseling groups and funeral homes.

For information, contact Engineer and Public Information Officer Dane Andersen at 307-235-8324 or at dandersen@casperwy.gov.