VIDEO: First responders are integrating a new tool that will help save your family pet’s life. Madison County firefighters and medics will now carry oxygen masks for animals.
James Barnette, a 37-year paramedic, raised money for the masks.
Each kit comes with three different size masks, instructions and a leash for the dog.
“If the fire department does find them and they bring them out they’re in severe respiratory distress," explained Barnette. “With this kit we can immediately give them direct oxygen and get them going. In worst case scenario, start CPR.”
Tuesday, the Lexington, Kentucky fire department used the mask to help save a dog’s life after a massive apartment fire. The Herald Leader reports a firefighter removed the 4-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix Bella from the building.