Animal Rescue Oxygen Kits Donated to Carlisle Fire Department

EMTs  demonstrate how the animal oxygen mask would be used on a canine.

EMTs demonstrate the use of an animal rescue oxygen mask.

Fire officials in Carlisle want to make sure your pets are taken care of in fire emergencies. The Carlisle Fire Departments received a donation of animal rescue oxygen kits from the Avondale Veterinary Complex.  The donation was made possible by Dr. Dennis Woodruff and his family.

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Chief Glover, Chief Doll, Captain Smother and EMT Smothers accept the donation of animal rescue oxygen kits from the Avondale Veterinary Complex and Dr. & Mrs. Woodruff.

Many times, oxygen from a mask designed for humans do not work well on animals. Having the right oxygen masks for an animal can be the different between life and death for an animal. Human masks do not fit the muzzles of animals well, making it hard to effectively deliver oxygen to them.

Human life comes first when firefighters go into a house that’s on fire. But, when they can rescue an animal, it is important to have the right equipment immediately. A lot of these pets are like a family member and it is important to the Carlisle Fire staff and Avondale Veterinary staff to have the equipment necessary to save a family member’s pet.

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EMTs demonstrate how the animal oxygen mask would be used on a canine.

The mask, which has a rubber ring on the inside, fit snugly over the animal’s snout. A small plastic tube on the mask connects to an oxygen tank. This can provide better treatment to an animal who has been rescued.

More than 40,000 pets died in home fires last year in the U.S.