Lexington firefighters will soon learn how to help some unique patients suffering from smoke inhalation or other trauma.
Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Carl-Howard showed firefighters Wednesday how to use oxygen masks designed for dogs, cats, and other small animals.
The new equipment was donated to the fire department from the Lexington Kennel Club.
“The kits are equipped with three different sized masks, a leash in case they need it for restraint or if they need to make a muzzle out of it. If you know how to work with a human, you’ve got everything there to work with a pet,” says club president Bonnie Massie.
The Lexington Kennel Club has provided kits to the fire department before, but they were only available on fire engines. Now all fire personnel will be trained on how to use the updated oxygen masks and the equipment will be ready for all fire department vehicles.
“There have been instances and we have had success. Recently-- without giving details-- there has been a positive outcome with the resuscitation of an animal, and this right here will help out with every apparatus having them,” says firefighter Todd Holman.
The Kennel Club paid for the kits with money generated from the organization’s annual dog show.