GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire on Sunday, but a second pet did not survive.
Firefighters pulled the two dogs from the fire near Greenway Road and 59th Avenue. One of them succumbed to smoke inhalation despite firefighters' efforts to resuscitate it using intubation tools and specialized equipment from their FIDO bag.
The FIDO bag, created by a Glendale firefighter, contains customized oxygen masks and other medical supplies specifically made to care for animals in emergency situations like fires, according to Glendale Fire Department spokesman Michael Young.
Young said the bags were placed on Glendale fire trucks in April 2007 after the Sun Valley Animal Shelter donated $4,000 to fund the FIDO bag program.
He said Glendale firefighters have saved numerous animals using the FIDO bag equipment and believe that the bags are a necessity since 70 percent of households have pets.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.