Firefighting Cocker Spaniel Sherlock named a Dementia Friend

Sherlock, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel who works for London Fire Brigade as a fire investigation dog, has been named as a Dementia Friend.

The Dementia Friend scheme informs people about the illness and equips them to understand the needs of people who suffer from it.

London Fire is aiming to get four million participants involved nationally. Sherlock, who is trained to sniff out ignitable substances, is one of the latest.

“As a fire investigator I need to have the right tools to engage with the communities we serve,” said Paul Osborne, Sherlock’s handler and fellow recipient of the Dementia Friend title.

“Some of these tools are not physical but are about developing my knowledge so that I can support all the people we serve. Learning about Dementia has allowed me to understand how people in my own family who have had Dementia and those who I have helped in my role may have felt and how I can help people suffering with it in the future.

“Sherlock loves interacting with people and solving the causes of fire so it was great to do the course with him,” Paul added.

You can find out more about the Dementia Friends scheme here.

(Photo: London Fire)

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