Chanel's handler, Brandon Miller, told KSAT, "It's one of those things we hope we never have to go out for, but it's what these dogs are trained for."
Miller added that the dog's visits provide a chance for normalcy in hospital staff's day.
"Our first responders and hospital staff see so much every day. A lot of times, there's never really an opportunity to process that till the end of their shift," Miller said.
"The rate of suicides by first responders—firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement—has escalated from one every seven days to one a day," Methodist Health System said in a news release, according to KSAT. "These dogs can reach places in the heart no human can."
During their time in El Paso, the three dogs will also visit other hospitals and the family reunification center. They will also get down time to just be dogs.
"It's very taxing on them, especially when there's a lot of high emotions involved," Stanphill said. "They need their chance and opportunity to go home and be a dog and play and destress as well,"