We say they're part of the family, so safety officials say we need to protect them in a way that proves the sentiment.
Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day. From fur babies to felines to rodents, birds, arachnids and anything in between, the …
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The story behind dogs and firefighters: A Siri before her time
Fire trucks - or wagons - used to be drawn by horse. A dog was used as a navigational system. Horses could pull the wagon filled with water and firefighters, but the dogs cleared a path ahead of them and kept them on path.
Why a Dalmatian?
Horses are color blind, so black and white were the easiest colors for the horses drawing the fire wagon to follow.
Today's fire dog
Now, fire dogs are more for moral. They don't typically help with search and rescue or firefighting, but they do lift firefighters' spirits when they visit during long shifts.
Sumter's fire dog
Seen in these photos is Halligan. He is named after the multi-purpose tool used on an engine to fight blazes and with forceable entry.
Halligan is an about 2-year-old wedding gift Master Firefighter Steven Westmoreland received from his wife. Westmoreland said he loves being a farm dog.
Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day. From fur babies to felines to rodents, birds, arachnids and anything in between, the Sumter Fire Department is marking the day by offering tips to keep your pet safe, hydrated and part of a fire escape plan.
"As hot as it is this time of the year, we have to watch out for the heat. My dog likes to stay outside. He'll run around. When he gets tired, he'll go inside and hit the water bowl. Don't keep them outside out in the heat for too long. They need water," said Capt. Terrence Dupree, a part of the fire prevention and education department at the fire department.
Dupree's family dog is a "mix of something." They've had him for four years, and Loki looks like a miniature German shepherd. They blame "some of his badness" on his name, a credit to his daughter's Avengers fandom.
Dupree and Lt. Selena Ruth Smith, also in fire prevention, offered the following tips for keeping pets safe in the heat, during fireworks and in the case of a fire.
Escaping a fire
Much of Smith and Dupree's educational outreach involves teaching children and families how to develop and practice an escape route in the case of a house fire. One main takeaway: Keep your pets in mind.
Pets in cars
If they get lost
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