New equipment helps firefighters save more animals

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - (WKYT) - When a fire breaks out, sometimes people aren’t the only ones who need to be rescued.

On Wednesday, officials with the Lexington Fire Department received special training from veterinarians on how to help save their four-legged friends during a fire.

When Lexington firefighters get the call, their top priority is ensuring the safety of people inside the home.

But a new program will provide firefighters with 20 more masks that will be used to resuscitate animals.

“We are training the firefighters from Lexington on how to administer first aid to canines and felines in an emergency situation,” said Bonnie Massie, President of the Lexington Kennel Club.

In Wednesday’s training session, Dr. Jennifer Carl-Howard used a dog, Charlie, and a cat named Gilligan to train firefighters on how to save and resuscitate animals in life-threatening situations.

“It’s difficult when an owner is standing outside of their home and their four-leggers are inside, and they want whatever possible to give them life. By giving the masks to the firefighters, they are able to administer first aid to them until they can be transported,” Massie said.

But with firefighters already having to deal with brownouts, putting out fires and saving lives--is this just one more thing they have to deal with?

“This isn't one more thing we have to deal with. This gives us another opportunity to serve the community. We’re the largest fire department in the state and we want to be on the forefront. This gives us another way to help,” said Todd Holman with the Lexington Fire Department.

Holman says this new program will allow them to help Lexington’s citizens and their four-legged friends even better than before.

The entire cost of the new equipment is being covered by the Lexington Kennel Club.

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