HAMILTON, NJ- Firehouse 14 welcomed a new member to their ranks this week. Unlike the other firefighters that keep Hamilton safe out of that location, River, a three-year-old American Bulldog Stafford mix, won’t be fighting fires.

However, that doesn’t mean River’s role is any less important, Shane Mull, Vice President of FMBA Local 284 told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville.

Saying that dogs have a long history in the fire service Mull offered that River will be a key part of the station’s community relations efforts. “River is already well-trained, he’s friendly, and he’s lovable,” Mull said. “We are a community firehouse and we hope local children will stop int to say hello to River.” When they do, Mull added, the kids will leave with fire safety tips.

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Additionally, according to Mull, River will provide great therapeutic value to the firefighters that serve in Firehouse 14. “There is nothing better than coming back from a tough call and having a best friend there to greet us. We can all talk to River, and he’ll listen without judgement.”

River was adopted from Easel Animal Rescue with the permission of the Hamilton Fire District 4 commissioners and will live in the firehouse full time. His food, grooming, medical, and other coats will be covered by the union.

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Editor’s Note: The publisher of TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville also serves as a communications consultant to Hamilton FMBA Local 84/284