CSFD receiving animal life-saving equipment

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) is soon to receive some new life-saving equipment but this time it is not for humans, but instead for our furry friends that need a little extra help breathing when firefighters rescue them from structure fires.

According to Steve Wilch, Deputy Chief of Operations, CSFD rescues just as many animals as they do humans on some days; which is why the need to have up-to-date equipment is of the utmost importance.

“Now these kits are really important because the animal might hide and succumb to the smoke if it inhales that smoke,” Wilch explained. “Often times we will bring out an animal that is clinging to life. But if we give them a little resuscitation through oxygen and stimulation, we can bring them back.”

The new SED kits were made possible through a generous donation by the Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs and West Side Animal Hospital who collectively, raised roughly $4,500.

The motive behind the initiative? To honor former long-time and beloved Deputy Chief Steven E. Dubay, who loved animals just as much as he loved people.

The masks are currently in production and once finished, there will be about 40 that will be distributed across fire stations in the Springs, replacing old ones that could only fit three sizes.

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