Fairfield Fire Learns New Tricks With Southport Vet Center

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Fairfield Fire Lieutenant Bill Tuttle gets a pulse from a dog under the direction of Southport Vet Head Technician Lauren Haney.
Fairfield Fire Lieutenant Bill Tuttle gets a pulse from a dog under the direction of Southport Vet Head Technician Lauren Haney. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Members of the Fairfield Fire Department went to the Southport Veterinary Center last Thursday to participate in training on how to provide emergency medical care for pets.

The head technician of the center Laurent Haney demonstrated to first responders how to take vitals, place oxygen masts and use them, and perform CPT on animals. She used on her own dog for the demonstration with veterinarian Dr. Patricia Hart.

Firefighters were then invited to practice the new skills on cats and dogs. The veterinary center donated oxygen masks and training materials on their use along with how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on dogs and cats

“We really appreciate their generosity,” Fire Chief Richard Felner said on the donation and training. “Pets are an important part of many families, and as it says on our trucks, it’s all about our family helping yours.”

The training materials will be available to all Fairfield firefighters so that they will be better capable of taking care of pets in fire situations.

“Our guys respond to fires and other emergencies where pets need their help, and we’re here to make tomorrow happen for them, too,” Felner said.

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