Saturday, January 25, 2014
Firefighters Use New Technology in Saving Pets
New Holland Volunteer Fire Department reported that fire kills 40,000 to 150,000 dogs and cats yearly. Now they are using new technology to lessen that figures and save more pets. Fire trucks are now equipped with pet oxygen mask kits. It is designed specifically for pets to supply them with the needed oxygen and air in a more efficient manner.
Gary Knoll, a firefighter said that the oxygen mask kits works for dogs, cats, and other animals.
“We take the oxygen hose, attach it, and take the face mask and place it over the pet’s mouth and administer oxygen and air to the pet. If the animal isn’t breathing, we can take the re-breather from our first responders bag and squeeze the bag to inflate the animal’s lungs.”
The oxygen mask kits have 3 sizes to accommodate pets of different sizes. The kits are designed to stabilizes the pets long enough to transport it to a veterinarian. He also said that the new equipments are important since a lot of homes today have synthetic materials that emits toxic gases. He also said that 75% of deaths in a fire is due to smoke inhalation. Giving air and oxygen to pet patients is very critical.