CDART presents Pet Oxygen Masks to Lake Country Fire Department
For Immediate Release
Lake Country, BC February 21, 2014 – As part of the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team's ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness, several volunteers from CDART's Central Okanagan chapter presented pet oxygen mask kits to the Lake Country Fire Department on January 31st, 2014. These oxygen masks are an asset to the community, ensuring fire trucks are even better equipped to assist in the rescue of family pets and animals in the event of a fire or emergency.
The Central Okanagan chapter of CDART purchased a number of these pet oxygen
mask kits in 2013 as a result of various fundraising efforts and has been
presenting them to fire departments throughout the Okanagan since.
CDART's Lorraine Pelletier presents a pet oxygen mask kit to Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor
L-R: Fire Fighter Shaun Reid, Deputy Chief Brent Penner, Fire Fighter Ben Burbine, Lorraine Pelletier (CDART), Lieutenant Eric Degelder, Fire Fighter Chris Lebans, Fire Chief Steve Windsor, Richard Andres (CDART), Carole Levesque (CDART)
CDART stands for Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team, and is made up entirely of volunteers. CDART's mission is to provide emergency services for domestic animals in the event of a disaster, to train volunteers in order that they can provide emergency shelter and rescue for domestic animals when responding during a disaster, and to raise funds for supplies, medical treatment for animals, training costs and expenses incurred by volunteers during a disaster.
Volunteers are mobilized when local authorities request CDART's help and when the Provincial Emergency Program's Emergency Support Services (www.ess.bc.ca) is activated. In specific communities, CDART has long-time established teams but will answer requests for help through local, provincial and federal government agencies.
CDART is the emergency animal rescue division of Critteraid, a registered not-for-profit society registered as The Summerland Cat Sanctuary based in Summerland, BC, Canada, and one of the oldest animal charities in the province. You can learn about Critteraid at www.critteraid.org. Learn more about CDART at their web site www.cdart.org.
Petra Leinemann, Public Information Officer