Every volunteer fire department in the county has been given special oxygen masks designed to help revive pets overcome by toxic fumes or smoke inhalation.
The equipment is from the Wag’N 02
Fur Life™ Program. These specially designed oxygen masks can be used on conscicous pets who have suffered smoke inhalation and pets that have to be resuscitated after passing out from dangerous fumes.
A number of departments and donors were on hand at the Gilmer Fire Station to receive the kits and witness a demonstration by Jacqui Lynch of the Longview
Animal Control Department and her “publicity hound,” Major, a German shepherd who loves to demonstrate the masks.
Getting the kits in the hands of as many fire departments as possible is the goal of Officer Lynch and Investigator James Crittenden of the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office. (Crittenden is no relation to the former Upshur County Commissioner of the same name.)
The kits come with three different-size masks that can be used on dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs and more.
They contain dual vents and an oxygen adapter for unrestricted breathing.
The masks can also be quickly attached to another device if pet needs manual respiratory help.
The masks use the oxygen tanks that are on fire trucks, the same one used to resuscitate people.
The masks can be washed and reused.
The kits, which cost $75 each, contain:
• 3 oxygen masks, in large, medium and small.
• 3 oxygen tubes, one for each mask.
• One carry bag
• One laminated instruction sheet with CPR instructions for dogs and cats.
• One kennel lead for animal restraint and control.
• Two animal incident report forms for First Responders.
• One pet rescue notice form.
• One PowerPoint Presentation.
• Two “Pet Oxygen Masks on Board” decals.
• An instructional DVD.
Donors included Dr. Robert Wright, DVM; Joye Hancock Cooper, Tumbleweed Steak House, Dr. Clint Owens IV, Austin Bank; Tim Tibiletti, attorney at law; Donald “Buck” Rogers, and First National Bank of Gilmer.