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Omaha Fire Department receives Fido bags

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 10:14:51-04

A bright orange bag has now become an essential lifesaving tool for the Omaha Fire Department.

"We know that pets are a part of everyone's family, a part of ours as well, and we just want to be able to help as much as we can," said Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatick. 

The Fetch Foundation is donating 24 Fido Bags to the Omaha Fire Department.

"To help first responders in terms of pets," said Rod Van Horn of Omaha Animal Medical Group.

To help rescue crews become more effective at saving the lives of our four legged friends.

"Until they can get to the hospital or get better care," said Battalion Chief Fitzpatick.

These bags will be very useful to OFD firefighters.

Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatick says 50 percent of their rescue calls involve animals.

"Half a million dogs, cats and pets are effected by fires each year in the US and of those about 40 thousand will succumb smoke inhalation," said Van Horn.

Veterinarian Rod Van Horn says the bags can be the difference between life or death.

"There is things in there that help administer first aid, oxygen which is one of the first things, also in here general first aid things," said Van Horn.

The bag features items like an oxygen mask, a splint, a water bowl and even a blanket.

"This donation goes a step further to help us restrain them, give them oxygen, possibly a splint for a fractured limb, leg anything like that," said Battalion Chief Fitzpatick.

With a mission to make these bags available across America.

"Getting them to every fire department across the U.S." said Van Horn.