There’s no question that a home fire can be devastating – getting everyone out is the priority. But adding more heartache to an already life changing experience, is losing the family pet. While fire trucks in Hillsborough County, Florida are well equipped to deal with resuscitating humans, not all trucks have the equipment necessary to help bring a pet back to life.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay is trying to change that. Stated club corresponding secretary, Lois Hiers, “After seeing a news clip about fireman in Hillsborough County who had to use a human oxygen mask to try to revive dogs that were in a fire, I started researching and found that they make Pet Oxygen Masks but it is not considered necessary equipment for all trucks.”
The matter was brought to the Club board members and they voted to donate 13 mask kits to the Fire Department. Chief Bailey and his wife were the club’s guests and were presented the mask kits at the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Tampa Bay Annual Dinner dinner.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay rescues Wheatens from all over the State of Florida, but decided to help ALL dogs by donating pet oxygen masks to the Hillsborough County Fire Department.
Lois Hiers, Chief William Bailey and Club Director, Jane Cook