|Oaks Corners Fire Company Places Pet Oxygen Equipment in Service
On Monday March 10, 2014 the Oaks Corners Fire Company placed some new equipment in service
specifically designed to deliver oxygen to pets. The O2 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Mask system was donated to the
Oaks Corners Fire Company by the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department.
On November 26, 2012 the Cheshire Fire Department (with automatic mutual aid from the Bristol Fire
Department) was dispatched to 6251 Goff Road in Canandaigua for a reported house fire. The home owner,
Lori Hicks, was a breeder of Alaskan Malamute Huskies, which she kept in her basement. First arriving units
found the basement of the house fully involved. Interior firefighters were able to save some of the dogs, but
seven dogs, twelve puppies, and seven cats perished in the fire. Firefighters attempted to give one of the
dogs oxygen on scene with a mask designed for a human. The dog was badly burned and was transported to
an animal hospital in Henrietta.
After the fire, several fund raisers were held to raise money for the purchase of Pet O2 masks for the fire
departments. The Cheshire Fire Department received around $400.00 in memory of the dogs that Lori had
lost. With that money they were able to purchase five Pet O2 mask kits at $75.00 each. The masks were
divided up between Cheshire, Bristol, Oaks Corners, and the Victor/Farmington Ambulance . Oaks Corners
and Victor/Farmington were given the masks in an effort to distribute the masks in Ontario County and
because both agencies were active in firefighter rehab operations.
In January of 2014, Chief officers from the Cheshire, Bristol, East Bloomfield, Honeoye, and West Bloomfield
Fire Departments were presented with Pet O2 masks by Lori and one of the dogs that was rescued from the
fire. Lori has rebuilt her kennel and was thankful for the efforts of everyone involved.
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Oaks Corners Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2219 Lester
Road in Phelps. Two dogs and seven puppies were rescued by responding firefighters and an Ontario
County Sheriff's Deputy. The mother of the puppies was the last dog rescued during a secondary search.
EMS Captain Steve DeChick had just received the Pet O2 masks and was preparing to teach a class on their
use two days later. He used the mask to give oxygen to the dog. All of the pets are alive and well today.
On Monday, March 10, 2014, 26 members of the Oaks Corners Fire Company received training on providing
emergency care to pets including use of the O2 masks. The mask was put into service on our rescue truck.
Each kit contains three different size masks which are reusable and can be used on various size pets
including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and even birds.
Since then, we have received additional donations that purchased two additional Pet O2 kits, thereby
allowing us to have a kit on each truck carrying oxygen. We would like to thank Ms. Lori Hicks, the Cheshire
Volunteer Fire Department, and Ms. Adonna Horton (in memory of her husband, Ron) for their generous
donations to make this equipment available to us. The pet mask equipment has been utilized several times
since they have been put on the trucks and have been an invaluable asset in rescuing our animal friends!