First responders do all they can to save animals when fighting firesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Although we lose some of our best four footed friends to fires, first responders do all they can to save them. Even last night, F-M Ambulance crews tried to revive the family's dog.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Although we lose some of our best four footed friends to fires, first responders do all they can to save them.
Even last night, F-M Ambulance crews tried to revive the family's dog.
But their attempts were unsuccessful.
When it comes to losing nearly everything to flames.
Ruth Lofgren/First Responders Saved Dog: "I got up and I could smell smoke allover."
Ruth Lofgren knows the feeling.
Lofgren: "We all got out and then when the fire department came, we got a dog in there."
Don Martin/F-M Ambulance: “99.9% of the time, families look around for their loved ones, then it's immediately followed by their pets."
Their old lab Riley was stuck inside, unconscious.
Lofgren: "I thought oh he's going because he wasn't moving at all. But they put him in warm blankets and put oxygen on him.
Although it doesn't happen too often.
One a year maybe
Reviving a pet does happen.
Martin: “We've had snakes, we have had the typical rabbits.”
F-M Ambulance responders use the same oxygen masks they use on humans.
Martin: “The snout of the dog, you just put it over as best you can and just hold it.”
Aside from giving your pup a little oxygen, emergency responders can't do much more in terms of pet care.
That's because just like humans, if something goes wrong, they face malpractice issues.
Martin: “We're limited. We're limited to humans, so that's where our training ends.”
And although they were not able to breathe new life into Wednesday night's horrible loss.
Martin: "We do see it quite often that pets don't survive."
When they can, it's sometimes all the courage it takes to start over.
Lofgren: "I was so happy because we loved that dog so much."
Lofgren: "I think they checked on the dog more than they did us hahaha."
Riley did pass away about a year ago from a tumor.
But the family says without first responders, they wouldn't have been able to enjoy his final moments.