FREDERICK — The Frederick-Firestone FPD recently received a donation from Colorado Dog Docs of a pet oxygen delivery system for the use on dogs or cats during an emergency.
The system, which consists of three sizes of oxygen masks, leash and emergency procedure algorithm, is specifically designed for use on animals and can be used on both conscious and unconscious pets suffering from smoke inhalation or exposure to toxic fumes.
The Frederick-Firestone FPD system will remain on the Chief Officer response vehicle so it will be at all major emergencies, available for use.
According to the National Fire Protection Association each year an estimated 40,000 pets die of smoke asphyxiation. Access to the pet oxygen masks can greatly reduce this number, allowing first responders the chance to revive the animal.