Digby, The Fire Service's Defusing Canine Hero

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"This is Digby. Today he did something amazing and helped save a young woman who was thinking of taking her own life on a bridge over the M5 near Exeter.

We were at the incident as part of a multi-agency response. Police negotiators were speaking with the woman but the situation was becoming increasingly worrying.

One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our ‘defusing’ dog. Digby helps crews who have been exposed to trauma during talking therapy ‘diffusing’ sessions.

When Digby arrived, the young woman immediately swung her head round to look, and smiled. This got a conversation started about Digby and his role at the fire service. She was asked if she would like to come and meet Digby if she came back over the railings, which we are pleased to say she did.

We wish the woman involved all the best in her recovery" Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service


When I read the title, I thought this was a really smart dog who could defuse bombs!


Much, much smarter than that @toml he can defuse people … :dog: :wink:


What a heatbreaking story with a heart warming outcome. The healing power of our animals and pets.