On Sept. 19, Marion County Fire Rescue saved five dogs along with their family from a home fire located in the 11000 block of Northwest 10th Place, Ocala. MCFR Rescue #12, from Meadowood Farms, arrived on scene and reported both smoke and flames visible from the structure. Five dogs were rescued from the structure and Medic 58 was charged with care of the canines. Medic 58, along with other firefighters on scene, deployed pet oxygen masks to administer life-saving oxygen. All dogs were doing well as of our last update.
Far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment - pet oxygen masks. Pet oxygen masks are specifically designed coned shaped, to fit the muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats, and other household pets.
The masks function the same way the human ones do, but they are smaller and seal around the face of a pet. These specialty pet masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to dangerous toxic fumes.
In the past, we have had many people from the community such as the medical examiner’s office, headed by District Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Wolf, who have donated animal oxygen masks to Fire Rescue to help with this cause. These masks are generally received by the county by donation only from our nonprofits and other groups to helping our community.
The masks needed generally run $100 for a pack of 3. The county has nearly 100 fire trucks in our fleet, and we would like each vehicle to have these devices available.
These masks are invaluable tools to help furthering our live saving efforts. If you would like to help out and donate, please reach out to our partner agencies, such as P.E.T.S. of Marion County by contributing to their GoFundMe campaign recently highlighted on Facebook or using the donation drop off box at Marion County Animal Services, 5701 SE 66th St., Ocala.
For more information, please contact Marion County Public Relations at 352-438-2300.