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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Clear Creek EMS and Parker the Snow Dog Showcase Pet Oxygen Masks


Clear Creek EMS and Parker the Snow Dog Showcase Pet Oxygen Masks
July 25, 2018 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – Clear Creek EMS and Loveland Ski Area’s ‘Parker the Snow Dog’ got together today to highlight a new tool in first responders’ response kits---pet oxygen masks. Donated recently by Invisible Fence Brand as part of their “Project Breathe Program”, the masks are uniquely designed for fire departments and other first responders to help save the lives of pets from fire and smoke inhalation. According to their website (Invisible Fence), “…industry sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year from fires…and, in most states, emergency responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save pets…”
“I had seen the program, and wanted to see if it would be good fit for Clear Creek and our first responders,“ said Ed Smith, Clear Creek EMS Captain. “We have the equipment to respond to humans (from accidents, 9-1-1 calls, etc.), but we didn’t have the ability to help someone’s pet if it really needed it,” Smith added. The donated kits come with a small/medium/large oxygen plastic mask, which first responders can simply connect to an oxygen tank and place over the animal’s head to help it recover from smoke inhalation caused by a fire/smoke they may have been exposed to.
In addition to the special masks, first responders are part of a program where someone’s pet can be taken care of in the event a pet owner has an accident or event causing them to need unexpected hospital treatment. For example, if there was an accident on I-70 and the pet’s owner needed to be taken to a hospital in another County, a first responder or law enforcement officer could take a dog to the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal, better known as “Charlie’s Place”—for temporary care.
“Special thanks to Loveland Ski Area, Invisible Fence, 9NEWS’ Matt Renoux, and especially Parker the Snow Dog for highlighting the special care our first responders give to those in need---including our treasured pets,” said John Bryan, County Communications.

Liliana Martin, CCEMS EMT (left) and Capt. Ed Smith demonstrate the pet oxygen mask
on Parker the Snow Dog.

Parker the Snow Dog (courtesy photo).

Parker demonstrates proper oxygen mask wear.

Matt Renoux, 9NEWS Reporter, gives a “paws” to the cause.
(courtesy photo).

For more information, call John Bryan, Communications Director, at 303-679-2307, or email: Or, go to the Official Clear Creek County website: .
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