Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue crews revive dog with pet oxygen masks after being caught in house fire

Published: 17 May 2018

Hertfordshire’s Fire and Rescue services have used one of their new pet oxygen masks to revive an unconscious dog after it was trapped in a house fire in Welwyn Garden City.  

Crew Commander Dean Harrison and the Hatfield Fire and Rescue crew administered trauma care to the unconscious and hyperventilating terrier after she was rescued from the house once the fire had been extinguished. The Trauma Team used the ‘Smokey Paws’ oxygen therapy masks to revive the family pet who regained full consciousness.

Watch Commander Szemiako of the Welwyn Garden City Red Watch, said: “My thanks to Welwyn Garden City On-Call crew, supported by the Hatfield and Hertford fire and Rescue teams, for their help in quickly extinguishing a developed fire and preventing the fire from spreading. I would also like to thank the crew for their fine work reviving the dog.”

Pet Oxygen Therapy Masks are now carried on-board by a number of Hertfordshire’s On Call Fire and Rescue Crews following a donation by local charity, Smokey Paws. It is the first time the technology has been used by Hertfordshire Crews since they were introduced.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service have started to carry the specialist pet oxygen masks on its fire engines, thanks to generous donations from charity organisation, Smokey Paws.

The masks range in size to fit small pets such as hamsters, snakes, dogs and cats and larger animals such as sheep and horses.

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that we are starting to carry pet oxygen masks on our fire engines. People understandably view their pets as part of the family and these kits will make a big difference to our crews’ ability to save animals caught up in fires.

“We are very grateful to the people and organisations who have helped raise the money for Smokey Paws to provide these kits. It would be wonderful to be able to carry one of these kits on every fire station.”