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Westport Firefighters Learn Animal CPR

Poster Animal Hospital veterinarians Joan Poster and Deborah Bayazit show a Westport firefighter how to use a pet oxygen mask Friday.
Poster Animal Hospital veterinarians Joan Poster and Deborah Bayazit show a Westport firefighter how to use a pet oxygen mask Friday. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport firefighters  received training Friday on resuscitating pets that suffer smoke inhalation in a fire, the department announced.

During a class led by Poster Animal Hospital veterinarians Joan Poster and Deborah Bayazit, firefighters learned how to properly use the department's pet oxygen masks. The masks were donated to the fire department a couple of years ago, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost said in a press release.

“It is not uncommon for fire departments to search for and rescue pets in house fires,” Yost said in a statement. “Recently, a New York fire department successfully resuscitated a dog that was overcome by smoke using the same type of mask that Westport Fire Department carries on all apparatus.”

Additionally, the firefighters were shown how to check an animal’s pulse and how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a cat or dog, Yost said.

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