FERNDALE, Wash. — The 20 girls, ages 5 through 9, of Girl Scouts troop 46466 have made a big difference in Whatcom County Fire District 7’s ability to help injured pets.
According to a press release, when the girls learned some beloved pets die in house fires because not all fire stations are equipped with snout-shaped oxygen masks, the Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors decided they could do something about it.
Troop volunteer, Bonnie Myers, called WCFD7 and spoke with Administrative Assistant Linsey McAfee, who coordinated with Division Chief Ben Boyko, who agreed the community would benefit from this gift.
“We consider pets a part of the family and do our best to make sure they’re cared for,” Boyko said. “These masks are such a thoughtful donation and will make a difference in our community.”
On January 11th, the Girl Scouts provided each of WCFD7’s manned fire stations a set of medical dog or cat oxygen rescue masks in small, medium and large sizes.
Boyko said the masks are designed specifically to fit over a pet’s snout and are simple and easy to use. The masks are now standard equipment on all WCFD7 fire engines. Their hoses attach easily to the oxygen bottles carried on the engines and can be used for pets who have suffered smoke inhalation or otherwise are in need of oxygen.
Girl Scouts’ “Take Action Projects” are more than just a service project according to the press release. They “go to the next level, asking girls to solve a root problem.”
“Empowering the voices and the values of the Girl Scouts in our troop — even as young as age 5, sets the foundation for a lifetime of making a real, measurable difference in our community,” said Troop Leader Christine Olson. “The incredible empathy these girls have, it’s really quite inspiring.”