Sunday 15 September 2019

Limerick City fire brigade save 'brave' house fire puppy by giving him CPR

Limerick City Fire and Rescue rescued this brave little puppy from a house fire
Limerick City Fire and Rescue rescued this brave little puppy from a house fire

Sasha Brady

The quick-thinking team at Limerick City Fire and Rescue saved a brave little puppy from a local house fire by giving him CPR and fashioning a special oxygen mask for him.

It was a normal morning for the fire rescue team on Monday until they got a "serious call" at 9.45am that alerted them to a house fire in Limerick City.

When they arrived at the house they saw smoke billowing out of open windows.

"We sent four men in with breathing apparatus to search the house," said Paul Greensmith when speaking to Anton Savage on TodayFM.

"There wasn't anybody in the house, thank God but the owner arrived to tell us there was a little puppy trapped inside."

The fire fighters searched the house to find the puppy who had ducked for safety under a cupboard when the fire broke out.

"It was a miracle he survived," said Paul.

"If he was there any longer he would have been gone. He was a timid little guy and he didn't put up a struggle."

The puppy survived due to the quick-thinking actions of two members of Limerick City Fire and Rescue.

"We have two Steves: Steve from Cork and Steve from Clare and they carried out a resuscitation on the puppy," explained Paul.

"One of them had the bright idea of getting an infant mask and holding it to [the puppy's] face. You could see his ears perk up and we knew he was okay.

"We turned on the oxygen and he lapped it up."

The brave little dog, whose name is unknown, was then handed over to his relieved owner who then took him to the vet.

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