SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) –
A member of the San Francisco Fire Department says he does not "buy" the reason for the department to kick Edna the cat out of the station because of a policy that does not allow animals on the grounds of the city.
San Francisco Fire Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese spoke with ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim for a telephone interview Tuesday, the day after the department released their statement.
He says that animals provide emotional support to EMT & # 39; s and first responders and are part of their family.
RELATED: Cat adopted by first responder, SFFD responds to complaint
He says that he has been an advocate of making the peer support program of the department for first responders more state-of-the-art and want to include therapy animals.
Alioto Veronese plans to present a proposal to revise the station policy to allow animals at a commission meeting on Wednesday morning.
Edna has been living at station 49 in China Basin for more than 4 years, until an anonymous complaint about her led the captain to have Edna removed from Monday.
Her story has since conquered the hearts of the world, with her Instagram page @fire_cat_edna which has gained more than 30,000 followers since our first story on Sunday.
The declaration of the Fire Department of San Francisco says:
The city received an anonymous complaint about a cat at the SFFD workplace at station 49. To clarify what has been reported in the media, the workplace in question is not a fire station. This facility is the Ambulance Deployment Facility of the Department. Within this facility is Department Logistics, where medical supplies, equipment and medicines used by ambulance staff to provide crucial life-saving emergency care are accommodated. Following the complaint, an independent investigation was conducted and it was concluded that having the cat in the facility affected the sterility of supplies, equipment and medicines used in patients. Concerns about public health and safety have advised the removal of the cat from the company.
In addition, the ministry has been keeping policy-blocking animals on the Department Property for more than 20 years. Part of the reason that this policy was adopted was for the safety of the animals, given onsite activities involving routinely large devices and machines working in emergency situations. In accordance with the findings, the reason for removing the cat from the facility is twofold. First and foremost is the primary responsibility and priority of the Public Health and Safety Department. Secondly, the cat no longer has to stay on the property for the safety and welfare of the animal itself. We are happy to report that a member of the Ambulance Deployment Facility has offered to adopt the cat at home as a pet, where she will be well cared for.
The department was a staunch supporter and advocate for providing emotional support to its members. A Peer Support Unit and a Stress Committee have been active for many years and have offered crucial self-help services, including counseling and stress management, to members of the department. The department has recently trained 80 members through a Peer Support program to enable our members to support each other better. Critical Incident Stress Debriefings are also performed immediately after tragic or traumatic incidents.
In addition, the department recognizes that animals can be a great source of comfort for some people, especially for First Responders who work in a stressful environment. To this end, the head of department has personally contacted the executive directors of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (ACC), the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Muttville, a non-profit rescue service for senior citizens. day before the adoption of pets especially for the first responders to coordinate. San Francisco SPCA also highlighted the availability of their sheltered animals as a source of comfort through their "Cuddle Me" program. More information about these partner agencies can be found below:
San Francisco Animal Care and Control: https://www.sfanimalcare.org/
San Francisco SPCA: https://www.sfspca.org/
VIEW: EDNA THE CAT APPROVED BY THE FIRST RESPONSE
(Copyright © 2019 KGO-TV. All rights reserved.)