Lebanon firefighters rescued a dog trapped inside a burning house on Tuesday afternoon, and then revived the semi-conscious canine using a special high flow oxygen mask designed specifically for pets.
“We helped it for probably 10 minutes or so and it started blinking and wagging its tail,” said Lebanon Fire District Battalion Chief Nick Tyler.
“I think this might be the first time the equipment was used,” he added.
The fire was reported at 11:59 a.m. in the 700 block of E. Oak Street.
Public safety workers found heavy smoke pouring from the eaves of a single-story-wood frame home. Bystanders reported than an elderly female lived there but could not verify her whereabouts, according to an LFD news release.
Firefighters quickly doused the fire while searching for potential victims inside. Crews discovered the dog, apparently a Chihuahua mix, laying on a couch. The canine had been overcome by the smoke and heat of the blaze, but was still breathing on its own, Tyler said.
The elderly woman arrived home as fire crews were attending to her dog. After the canine regained consciousness and perked up, the happy homeowner transported her critter to a local veterinarian for evaluation.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Tuesday afternoon.
The pet oxygen masks were donated to LFD in 2015 by Pamela Goyette and Mark and Tina Kroll. Mark Kroll is a Lebanon firefighter.
Budgets are tight for public safety agencies, Tyler said, so it can be tough to purchase additional equipment. But he was glad to have the pet oxygen masks on Tuesday.
“It’s one of those things that allow us to provide a different kind of service to the public. It lets us go one step further,” Tyler said. “Any pet really becomes part of your family group.”