Performance K9 Training in partnership with Thor’s Hope Foundation are the first to make firehouse facility dog history in San Diego County. On April 11, 2019, The Firehouse Project officially launched and gifted The City of Vista Fire Department a facility dog by the name of Clifford. The two-year-old Labrador Retriever will help with the occupational stresses that firefighters face each and every day.
David Greene, the founder of Performance K9 Training, is also the Training Director of Thor’s Hope Foundation. David trained Clifford clocking in more than 2,000 hours. Thor’s Hope Foundation wanted to do something for the greater good by helping firefighters who give so much of themselves to keep the public safe – many of which who risk their lives.
Vista Deputy Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol owns Clifford and will be his handler in an effort to decrease workplace occupational stress – dogs have therapeutic benefits and Clifford will help firefighters relax when they need it most.
“We are pleased to introduce Clifford to our firefighters,” said Jeff Hahn, Vista Fire Chief during the April 11, 2019 handler exchange ceremony between Ned and David. “First responders, including firefighters, often deal with occupational stress and Clifford is our newest ‘tool’ in our wellness tool kit to help provide for the well-being of our firefighters.”
Performance K9 Training and Thor’s Hope Foundation look forward to helping place future facility dogs free of charge to fire departments so that they can continue to help firefighters who they call, “Our Heroes.”