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First of its kind training teaches first responders how to treat K9 officers

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Madison (WKOW)-- Police dogs are becoming more popular across the country and the Madison Police Department has come up with a unique way to protect them.

In late March they held a first of it's kind training for paramedics on the Madison Police and Fire Departments. Doctors with Veterinary Emergency Services taught them how give aid when a police dog gets shot or injured in the line of duty. These medics are fully trained to help humans during standoffs and other situations, but they have never been taught how to assist police dogs.

"With more police dogs on the streets so to speak, people are going to want to know how to keep them safe. We already have the Vest a Dog Program. I think first aid is a natural next step,"  Madison Police K9 officer Rose Mansavage says.

Coming up later tonight on 27 news at 10pm, Gordon Severson takes us on an exclusive behind the scenes look at this training, as medics learned how to help these four-legged officers who put their lives on the line for their community.

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