Fieldale-Collinsville Gets Pet Masks

Henry County Rescue Squad Association Gets Pet Oxygen Masks
Pets to Breathe Easier in Henry County, VA

February 25, 2019 (Henry County, VA) – The Henry County Rescue Squad Association is teaming up with Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia, located in Salem, VA, to help reduce the number of pets killed or injured in house fires each year. It is estimated that between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires.

Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia has donated twelve (12) pet oxygen mask kits to the Henry County Rescue Squad Association. These kits will be distributed between the five (5) volunteer agencies and Henry County Department of Public Safety. The pet oxygen mask kits will help resuscitate a dog, or cat, when found in a burning home, and are made possible through Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe Program. The Project Breathe Program has donated over 8,000 kits to fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In the case of a residential fire, once firefighters have assured human life is safe, attention often turns to pets in the home. When given the opportunity, rescue personnel want to help pets caught in these situations, but often haven’t had the proper equipment to do so. In the past rescue personnel have tried adapting human oxygen masks to fit an animal, but human masks don’t fit properly on the nose of dogs and cats, thus not providing the necessary supply of oxygen. The mission of Project Breathe is to provide local fire and EMS agencies the specialized equipment needed to do so.

The plastic, cup-shaped animal resuscitation masks, which come in three sizes, were originally developed for use by veterinarians. They seal around the muzzle of an animal tighter than a human mask. This helps rescue personnel deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet to help save their life.

Project Breathe Program: http://www.invisiblefence.com/giving-back/project-breathe
For further information, please contact:
Travis Pruitt, President, Henry County Rescue Squad Association, Inc.: 272-226-0409 tpruitt@ridgewayrescue.com 
Steve Monaghan, Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia: 703-509-0526 I smonaghan@clarkif.com

Squad recognizes members

On December 15, the squad took time to celebrate a successful 50th year of service to the citizens of Fieldale, Collinsville, and surrounding areas at the annual Christmas and Year-End Awards Dinner.

In 2018, we welcomed many new faces, had several members become newly ALS certified, and served families and people in need all across the county.

Among those receiving awards:
BLS Provider of the Year: Buzz Custer
ALS Provider of the Year: Adam Wood
Rookie of the Year: Alfredo Lopez
Officer of the Year: Brandon Quesinberry
Most Improved: Kayla Saxe
Most Calls Answered: Buzz Custer

Operations and Administrative Officers 2017-2018

Congratulations to our squad officers for 2017-2018! They are:

Operations:

  • Daryl Hatcher, Captain
  • Jeff Tatum, First Lieutenant
  • Michelle West, Second Lieutenant
  • Brandon Quesinberry, Training Officer
  • Taylor Hampton, Supply Officer
  • Aaron Cole, Fleet Officer
  • Buzz Custer, Equipment Officer
  • Beth Craig, Facilities Officer

Administration:

  • Stuart Bowman, President
  • Don Handly, Vice-President
  • Sharon Clark, Secretary/Treasurer

We wish them all the best for the upcoming year!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad participated in the 2015 Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade in November. We were excited to be involved, and always enjoy being a part of our community!

It is our sincere hope that each of you have a wonderful holiday season!

From our family to yours,

Merry Christmas!!

415 parade 2015

Unit 415 at the 2015 Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade

400 Parade 2015

Unit 400 at the 2015 Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade

435 Parade 2015

Unit 435 at the 2015 Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade

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In tow for the Christmas fun!!

Parade Team 2015

Our Christmas Parade team (from left): Alana Hawks, Taylor Hampton, Buzz Custer, Christina Frick, Ryan Boyd, Taylor Slate, Dustin Elgin, and Hunter Wlodarczyk