Ore. firefighters trained to give CPR to pets

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Some Oregon firefighters and paramedics are now equipped and trained to give first aid to dogs, cats and other pets.

The Daily Tidings reports that Ashland Fire & Rescue firefighters were trained last week to do CPR on dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils and even reptiles that have inhaled smoke. All five department engines now carry oxygen masks for pets.

Division Chief Greg Case said rescuing pets involved in fires helps the entire family. Firefighters treat people first and will help pets if possible.

Veterinarian Dr. Alice Sievers says smaller animals can be placed inside the masks, while the devices can be fitted over the nose or beak of larger animals.

The department received equipment through a donation from Project Breathe.