Tuesday 24 January 2017

Firefighters trained in pet CPR

Published 23/03/2011 | 09:12

Dogs and other pets in Oregon could be given CPR from firefighters if they are ever caught in a fire
Dogs and other pets in Oregon could be given CPR from firefighters if they are ever caught in a fire

A number of US firefighters and paramedics are now equipped and trained to give first aid to dogs, cats and other pets.

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The Daily Tidings reports that Ashland Fire & Rescue firefighters in Oregon were trained last week to conduct CPR on dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils and even reptiles that have inhaled smoke. All five department engines now carry oxygen masks for pets.

Division Chief Greg Case said rescuing pets involved in fires helps the entire family. Firefighters treat people first and will help pets if possible.

Vet Dr. Alice Sievers said smaller animals can be placed inside the masks, while the devices can be fitted over the nose or beak of larger animals.

The department received equipment through a donation from Project Breathe.

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