Durham veterinarian helps prepare firefighters to rescue pets


THIS, AND WE WILL BRING YOU MORE IN THE NEXT 90 MINUTES. THANK YOU. SAVING EVERY LIFE DURING A FIRE IS A TOP CONCERN FOR FIRST RESPONDERS. THAT INCLUDES OUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS. DURHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED MORE THAN A DOZEN NEW OXYGEN MASKS FOR PETS. ROBERT RICHARDSON IS DIGGING DEEPER TO SHOW YOU THE IMPACT THE MASKS ARE HAVING. Reporter: DURHAM FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED THIS CAT FROM A HOUSE FIRE ON GOLDEN CREST DRIVE. THE CREW HAD AN OXYGEN MASK MADE FOR PETS AND THANKS TO THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL NOW ALL THE CITY’S UNITS ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME. IT ALLOWS US TO DO THE BLOW BY OXYGEN FOR A DOG THAT’S CONSCIOUS BUT ALSO TO ACTUALLY PUSH OXYGEN INTO THE DOG USING A VALVE MASK STYLE LIKE WE WOULD FOR A HUMAN. Reporter: FIREFIGHTERS OFTEN ENCOUNTER ANIMALS WHICH IS WHY SOME HOMEOWNERS PUT DECALS ON WINDOW. YOU CAN PROBABLY PUT IT OVER A BIRD AND PUT IT INSIDE AND RUN OXYGEN TO THEM AND IT WOULD PROBABLY HELP A LOT. Reporter: THE VETERINARIAN TOLD ME SAMI SAMIR HASSOUN A WAY SHE CAN HELP HER COMMUNITY. THEY RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO DO THINGS TO HELP US. Reporter: THIS SAVES THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ABOUT $1600. THE TRUE VALUE IS IN THE LIVES SAVED WHICH ANY PET OWNER WILL TELL YOU IS PRICELESS. I LEARNED THESE HAVE A LONGER LIFE THAN MANY USED BY FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY ARE REUSABLE. WE DON’T TYPICALLY USE REUSABLE ON MU MANS BUT THESE CAN BE WASHED AND WE USED. AS LONG AS WE’VE GOT THIS PLUS OXYGEN, WE CAN HELP PETS.

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