LBFD Use Canine Resuscitation, Save Dog from House Fire
2011-03-04 · By Editor
On Thursday, March 3, just before 10:30 a.m., Long Beach Firefighters responded to a house on fire in the 4800 block of Bentree Avenue after a Long Beach Gas Department employee saw large amounts of black smoke coming from a home.
When the fire engine arrived they discovered heavy black smoke coming from the back of the house and attic vents. After forcing their way through the front door, firefighters wasted no time in stretching a hoseline inside for an aggressive attack on the interior fire. Firefighters and paramedics quickly pulled a backup line to the rear of the home while the truck crew laddered the roof to cut a hole and relieve the intense heat and the heavy smoke below. The blaze was quickly knocked down and a primary search for victims was immediately conducted throughout the smoke filled home.
It was then that firefighters discovered what appeared to be a lifeless dog on the bathroom floor. They quickly scooped up the dog and took it to the front of the house and began treatment with a canine resuscitator and administered high flow oxygen. After assisting with ventilations the dog’s respiratory rate and drive greatly improved. The dog was taken to a local area veterinarian for further treatment and evaluation.
No one was home at the time of the incident and there were no human injuries. Thanks to the valiant efforts of the Firefighters, this dog did not succumb to its injuries and is doing well.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by Fire Investigators. There were a total of 10 Fire Department apparatus and 26 personnel operating on scene of this fire that took place in the 8th Council District.