GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The object is to get Rae familiar with the sights, sounds, scents and movements involved with emergency situations -- which is why she spent a few hours on an ambulance Wednesday.

The training sessions provided Rae and her trainer, Health Reporter Val Lego, with the inside look at the ambulance's interior, hearing the sirens, getting used to the flashing lights and gaining a sense of all the different smells and items, such as rubbing alcohol and IV tubing.

Life EMS Ambulance provided the emergency training to about two dozen Paws With A Cause future assistance dogs and their humans.


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“Being able to expose our Future Assistance Dogs to the sights and sounds of Life EMS Ambulance staff, vehicles, medical equipment, lifts, etc., is a high point of our training,” says Cara Conway, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator for Paws With A Cause.

“We try to expose our dogs to as many real-life situations as we can during their training with our volunteers and we’re grateful to Life EMS for being a partner to provide this valuable experience to us.”

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