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Mesa Fire now utilizing pet-saving rescue kits

For pet lovers, the thought of losing your best pal in a fire is tragic.

Firefighters have always made efforts to save the lives of animals rescued from burning building with equipment designed for humans, but thanks to a generous donation made in memory of Hon. Gerald David Jutila of Mesa, every engine will now be equipped with Fido Bags.

"We're excited to be able to add a little something where it can make a difference in somebody's life, especially when you have a horrific situation happen," said Mesa Fire Cpt. Forrest Smith.

The Fido Bags will let firefighters have quick access to pet oxygen masks, splints, specialized gloves and leashes, among other items. In addition, firefighters have had video training on how to help man's best friend.

About 40,000 pets die every year from smoke inhalation as a result of fires, according to the Mesa Fire Department.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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