A Fido Bag for Every Fire Truck
(Tempe, Ariz) - Your pet’s chances of surviving a trauma has been greatly improved by animal life-saving equipment, known as a Fido Bag, now carried on all emergency vehicles in the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department thanks to a generous donation of the bags from the Fetch Foundation and PetSmart.
A Fido Bag contains an oxygen mask created especially for animals as well as leashes, a water bowl, and a soft carrying case for cats to aid in the life-saving efforts of animals suffering not only from smoke exposure but also from bee stings and other trauma.
“Now in addition to our fire trucks, our battalion and support vehicles also carry the Fido Bags. This total reach helps the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department do our best to save your pets from tragedy,” said Operations Assistant Chief Craig Fredricks. “Saving lives is our mission and that includes our community’s beloved pets.” The Tempe fire department has been using the Fido Bag since 2013.
An estimated half-million pets are affected by fires each year in the United States and more than 40,000 family pets die from smoke inhalation alone in country.
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department also recommends that a pet owner know what to do if a pet is in trauma.
- Learn Pet First Aid and CPR
Take a class on how to treat your pet in case of injury
- Locate the nearest emergency animal hospital or clinic in your area When your veterinarian office is closed, find out where to take your pet in an emergency
- Register your pets and household information on Tempe’s Smart911 service Tempe subscribes to the Smart911 service which allows residents to provide Tempe Police dispatchers with additional information about their households including what pets are at home. Go to www.smart911.org to register.
On February 28, 2017 a Fetch Foundation representative and pit-bull Teagan delivered new Fido Bags and replenishment supplies to Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department Station #273. Credit: City of Tempe
For more information about Tempe Fire Medical Rescue, go to www.tempe.gov/fire
Marie Chapple Camacho, PIO, 480-848-6899