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 masks were donated to the Oaks Corners Fire Company by the Cheshire 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 dollars 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 & 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, & 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 March 8, 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 masks have been put into service on our rescue truck. We would like to purchase two additional Pet O2 kits to have on our Engine and EMS vehicle. This would allow us to provide oxygen to multiple patients and have the masks available on all of our trucks that carry oxygen. 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.
We would like to thank Lori Hicks and the Cheshire Fire Department for making this equipment available to us.
If you are interested in helping us by making a sponsor/gift purchase of a Pet Oxygen mask kit ($75) for the Oaks Corners Fire Company, you can click HERE and then scroll to the bottom of the Wag'N O2 Fur Life web page and click on the button that says "Click to Sponsor". As always we thank you for your support.