10/28/12 99 W - + 2 - 6 Oxygen Masks For Pets?

Question from a reader, who recently read about firefighters in Arlington, TX, reviving a dog at a structure fire. He learned that AFD carries three sizes of pet oxygen masks on each Battalion Chief vehicle and ladder truck. This provides the masks at each working fire in the city. Question, are such masks carried by fire departments in Raleigh and Wake County? How about in the general Triangle and Central Piedmont area? Readers, please respond and regardless if you are cat or dog people. Share stories as desired as well. Thanks for your question, James.

Raleigh has them on every engine, ladder, and rescue.
PBM - 10/28/12 - 10:27

We carry them in Archer Lodge on our engines.
DAM - 10/28/12 - 10:44

We had them in Garner
Mike - 10/28/12 - 11:32

We also carry them in Wake Forest
Ben - 10/28/12 - 11:49

Durham Highway has them as well… Chris Young from the Bayleaf FD was donating a mask to Emergency Services…

DHFD - 10/28/12 - 11:51

All of the Squad companies in Durham carry the masks.
WATSON - 10/28/12 - 14:02

We have them in Zebulon.
ZFD - 10/28/12 - 15:22

I put them on the rig at work. The other driver took them off and tossed them; “We don’t need that stupid crap on the truck. That’s not our job.” We previously had them on all rigs, but it wasn’t a required item, so they have disappeared on many companies. Sad.
Pet Friendly - 10/28/12 - 15:26

I resuscitated a white mix breed that had been dropped in the bay when their owner tripped in sand while self extricating from a Cessna crash. The humans were all fine presenting with a minor case of exposure and one lacerated finger The canine on the other hand had just been crushed by their owner and dunked in salt water. I am no vet, but my essential EMT training of air-goes-in-and-out guided me to suction and get some oxygen into him. We transported the human victims to the hospital, I am convinced they would have beaten me senseless if I gave up on their dog to take vital signs and fill out a report. The local K9 officer knew the number for a 24hour emergency vet clinic who intercepted us at the hospital and carted that dog off. There was an outpouring of positive press and some donations following that incident.

A pet mask would have been nice, but a human supplies and copious amounts of medical tape can work wonders… it also helped that it was a lap dog and not a Great Dane.
PW - 10/28/12 - 16:57

Morrisville has them on all first out trucks.
Spanky - 10/28/12 - 17:14

A big Thank you to My Brothers at Durham Highway. If any one wants more info, like how use them or wants a set, just e-mail me
Chris (Email) - 10/29/12 - 11:53

We got them on the engines in Fuquay.
HH - 10/29/12 - 15:19

Just an quick update. The day after the fire the dog passed away.
Good to hear the positives here and Mike’s right about the general public.
Can’t let one persons opinion change the tide though.

Pet Friendly, guess some people will never change…how sad!
James - 10/29/12 - 16:34

HH why do you have them on the Engines? You guys still run the squads right? Seems kinda pointless
Silver [Not Silver, see below comment] - 10/30/12 - 00:50

We put these in place on our rides in Fuquay a couple of years back. We have used these on a couple of fires already and have shown families of these pets just how much we care about preserving life and saving property. When we put these in place, I made phone calls to vet offices at each corner of our district and asked if they would be willing to be on an “on call” emergency list if their business was not operating on a 24 hour schedule. Every one i spoke with was amazed at what we were doing for our citizens and agreed 100 %. NBC 17 had gotten wind of what was going on and came down to FVFD station 1 to do a story.
Tyson - 10/30/12 - 11:22

Silver, to answer that question…our squads which are now Car 10,20,30 are stationed at each one of our stations and are the primary unit responsible for running EMS calls. The cars do not run fire responses unless the guys are already on a call and clear to respond either back to the station or to the scene. Our staffing at station 2 and 3 is only 3 people each day and the cars respond with 2 of the 3 which i already can hear the argument coming from that but, it has worked well for the past several years and that comes from hire powers than myself. We placed these on the engines because we knew that an engine or 3 would be at every working job we have.

Hope that cleared it up for ya
Tyson - 10/30/12 - 11:36

Hey Mike, wasn’t me on 10/30/12 at 00:50.

Sorry Fuquay guys, was an imposter stirring the pot. Typical of a coward/punk…
The One and Only Silver - 10/30/12 - 13:21

How come my post didnt make it. What was wrong. Im not mad
hh - 10/30/12 - 17:29

Tyson explained perfect, great clarification.
hh - 10/30/12 - 22:36

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