The Marion Fire Department (MFD) has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its K9 Program for arson investigation.
The Petco Foundation investment will help with the cost of yearly recertification fees, dog food, and daily additives that MFD’s arson dog, Jersey, receives to help prevent heat exhaustion, and to also provide crucial vitamins.
“The Marion Fire Department K9 Team is so grateful for the Petco Foundation’s generosity,” said Fire Prevention Officer & K9 Handler, Brandon Eckstein. “The grant will help keep Jersey healthy and continue to serve the surrounding area with an outstanding canine that has been a huge benefit to assisting fire investigators with fire scenes.”
The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual “Helping Heroes” campaign. Each October, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the life-changing work of service, therapy, and working animals.
Due to Marion Fire Department’s K9 Program, MFD has had the opportunity to assist local, state, and federal agencies with fire scenes throughout the state. Jersey has been able to assist with ruling fire scenes as incendiary, and to help bring those responsible to justice.
About the Marion Fire Department:
MFD is a non-transport career fire department providing Basic Life Support services to a 29 square-mile area while providing mutual aid to other cities and counties. The Marion Fire Department is dedicated to maintaining the utmost level of emergency response to the citizens of Marion. MFD’s strong sense of integrity and duty are what drive them to maintain such high levels of service. Through reliable response and public safety awareness, MFD can always be entrusted to reduce loss of life and property in its community. For more information about MFD, visit www.cityofmarion.in.gov/fire.
About the Petco Foundation:
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in life-saving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other life-saving initiatives. Through our ‘Think Adoption First’ program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram by using the hashtag #HelpingHeroes.
Media Contact: Brandon Eckstein, Fire Prevention Officer/K9 Handler, MFD, 765.668.4474, firstname.lastname@example.org