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Bryan Co. Emergency Services Fire Chief Howell receives training certificate and five Pet Oxygen Mask kits for the department from Camy Thumwood of Pet Alert with Battalion Chief Schultz just before the holidays. SCOTT DAKIN
Local businesswoman donates pet oxygen mask kits to Bryan Barrow County CERT holds mock disaster The Barrow County Commulies if a disaster hits. They can then J #120415112 nity Emergency Response Team help their neighbors. County Emergency Services (CERT) recently graduated 13 local After graduating, students can UMP TO FILE
Bryan County resident, Camy Thumwood, owner of Pet Alert donated five pet oxygen mask kits to Bryan County Emergency Services to help their emergency responders to save pets lives during 911 emergencies. This is especially important and helpful now, with the holidays approaching, stated Fire Chief Freddy Howell. According to the National Fire Protection Association an estimated 100,000 pets lose their life in house fires due holiday decorations in the United States and three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving more than any other day of the year. On average 550,000 pets lose their lives in house fires in the United States because of lack of proper information about the animal during the emergency, and the lack of proper lifesaving equipment
JUMP TO FILE #112315114 on board fire trucks. Animals only have between 5 to 20 minutes before they suffer from smoke inhalation and die, depending on their lung size, type of animal and location in the fire, so being prepared is crucial to save a pet’s life, particularly with dogs that hyper ventilate when excited. Pet oxygen mask kits cost $100 each, but provide lifesaving oxygen to pets suffering from smoke inhalation and increases their chance to recover. This act of kindness will not only aid Bryan County emergency personnel in their efforts to rescue animals from house fires, but could potentially save your pet’s life.
residents. In order to graduate, the students had to complete eight classes and participate in a mock disaster drill. This is the Barrow County CERT’s 17th class since its beginnings in 2006. “All of the graduates will be joining the CERT team in assisting Barrow County Emergency Services in numerous areas,” stated CERT Public Information Officer John Sliman. The CERT program teaches
citizens how to prepare and respond to possible disasters that may affect the citizens of Barrow County. The classes teach students in areas such as disaster preparedness, search and rescue, medical operations and many other subjects. It is taught by Barrow County Emergency Services personnel and teaches students how to first take care of themselves and their fami-
join the CERT team in Barrow County if they would like to volunteer. The team works with local public safety agencies in many areas including educating the public on disaster preparedness as well as assisting in responding to large disasters. CERT volunteers also work special events and occasionally assist first responders. - SCOTT DAKIN
- FREDDY HOWELL
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Rockdale County with new tools
15 Engine 2 from Liberty County Fire Services was photographed during its annual pump testing.
Rockdale County Fire and Rescue teams representing multiple shifts trained with their new extrication tools. Chancy's Wrecker Services hosted the training service with Georgia Fire and Rescue leading the training scenarios.