A man who was told to leave his dog on a street corner in New Delhi, only to be told by a firefighting dog to stand guard instead, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for him.

In the video, uploaded to Facebook by Manish Mishra, a man who lives in the southern city of Bangalore, is shown standing guard over a fire hose.

“He had been asking me to come out but I was worried that I might get hurt,” the man tells the camera.

“When I got to the house, I saw the fire department was trying to get him out.”

He is then told to stand by the firefighting dogs, which are not allowed to get out of the way.

“So I said, ‘You have to come with me,'” he said.

“I just went in and asked for the dog, which was a fire-fighting dog.

I was told not to hurt the dog.

So I put the dog on the ground.”

The man says he has raised over Rs 5,000 (US$62) for the fire-fighters, but said he did not want to “run away”.

“I am here to fight fire and to save lives,” he said in the video.

“It is my duty to save people’s lives and I want to be a hero.”

The video has received over 1,700 shares on Facebook.