Coffee County CERT donates equipment to Enterprise Fire

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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Enterprise Fire has received a very important donation from Coffee County’s Community Emergency Response Team.

The department has received new pet oxygen masks in emergency situations to use on animals they come across during rescues.

“They had some older masks they had within their fire trucks, and it looked like there was a need for newer masks to be brought out there,” CERT Coordinator Scotty Johnson said. “They had just one size of an oxygen mask.”

The pet masks that Enterprise Fire had are more than a decade old and masks that are one size fits all are not always efficient.

“If you take a regular human mask and try to give them oxygen for a snout of a dog, it’s not going to fit them where these masks it literally goes over the snout and provides protective seal and they’re able to get oxygen to them,” Johnson added.

For fire chief Chris Davis, this donation of new masks gives his department a chance to save all lives.

“It gives us the ability to care for family members,” Interim Enterprise Fire Chief Chris Davis said. “Every single family that has a pet they know very well that that’s absolutely a family member and our ability to respond effectively to that is huge because we want to make sure that we are taking care of family.”

The masks have continued to help save the lives of family pets in and around Enterprise just as recent as a few weeks ago.

“They were able to perform CPR and get one of the two pets back,” Davis continued. “The family did come by and spend some time with the crew that did respond to that fire, and we were happy to see them.”

CERT donated 13 of these kits for the Enterprise Fire Department chief Davis says he expects them to last the department at least another decade.

The department will also undergo training on how to properly use the masks and preform CPR on animals.

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