Firefighters save dog with ‘Fido Bag’ from apartment in Phoenix
PHOENIX — Firefighters rescued a family dog from a smoke-filled apartment near 19th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix on Thursday, authorities said.
Upon arrival, Phoenix firefighters found a single apartment that was covered in a heavy black smoke.
After a thorough search, they found an unresponsive dog that firefighters then quickly removed from the apartment and started performing resuscitation efforts, according to a press release.
Firefighters from Phoenix stations 20 and 60 teamed up to deploy a “Fido Bag,” a life-saving tool that contain reusable oxygen masks that are specially designed to fit animals.
Fido Bags are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 handlers from the Fetch Foundation, according to the release.
First responders on the scene then used a water bottle to cool the dog down while getting oxygen from the Fido Bag.
After further treatment, the dog regained consciousness after a few minutes and was reunited with its family, authorities said.
Fido Bags can also be used on smaller animals such as cats and rabbits and can also fit the muzzle of large dogs.
They offer the best chance of survival for pets in the Valley in a case of emergency.