As the fire service evolved from hand-drawn to horse-drawn fire apparatus, the evolution of the Dalmatian’s role was a natural one as well. The dogs would keep the horses company in the “fire barn” during long stretches of inactivity, and then spring to action along with their equestrian counterparts when the fire bell rang. Just as they had for centuries, the dogs would run alongside the horses as they responded to the call for help. Instead of protecting against wolves, snakes and other threats, however, the Coach Dog’s role was now to keep the horses focused amid all of the blaring bells and whistles while at the same time maintaining an eye out for curious children who may tend to wander in the path of a responding steamer fire engine. At the scene of a fire, the dogs would once again keep the horses calm and focused in the midst of the chaos taking place around them.