There are no official statistics kept regarding how many pets die in house fires every year, but according to the Invisible Fence® Brand website, the estimated number is between 40,000 and 150,000. Globe University-Wausau Medical Professionals Club partnered with Invisible Fence to do something about that staggering estimate.
Invisible Fence Brand started Project Breathe, a pet oxygen mask donation program, to provide animal oxygen mask kits to first responders because the company is “in the business of saving pets’ lives, and … programs that not only help keep pets happy and safe in their yards, but safe from other hazards like house fires” is part of that mission. Invisible Fence provides fire departments with animal oxygen masks kits, which contain masks in three sizes, and training on how to use them.
The Medical Professionals Club partnered with Invisible Fence to provide mask kits to seven local fire departments and helped to provide training on animal CPR to local first responders, students and interested community members. The training took place recently at the Globe University-Wausau campus.
Taylor Lahr, Raisha Zimmerman, Jayne Bloomer and Amy Crane are veterinary technology students in Advanced Lab Skills, and all attended the Project Breathe workshop. They said that Project Breathe was a good way to integrate the real world into their school world. It allowed students to get valuable experience, and having this information provided to them gives them the tools necessary in case they are the only people available in an emergency situation.
They also discussed the benefits of providing this training to local emergency services. Since more and more people consider their pets to be family members, the loss of a pet in a fire is a devastating one. Opening this training opportunity to our local emergency services helps them to help our four-legged family members.
This event was especially close to Jayne’s heart. Jayne is a volunteer EMT with the Mosinee Fire and Ambulance Service, and she was one of the Medical Professionals Club members to help organize the event.
“I was excited about the Project Breathe workshop,” Jayne said. “Overall, I think it was successful, especially considering it was the first time we offered this and that it was by invitation to local departments. I was very happy to see three local fire departments represented, and two local reporters, too!”
Jayne felt that the EMTs that participated walked away with a new perspective on how to perform CPR on animals, and the students who attended felt that they gained some important information as well. “I look forward to offering this training again in the future,” she said.
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