The masks have a rubber seal around the muzzle, which provides air-tight contact. “No more getting foiled by fur and long noses,” Cepeda said, smiling. Pasadena is the first fire department in Los Angeles County to roll out the program, fire Chief Dennis Downs said. “All eight fire trucks are equipped with life-saving equipment for everything from aardvarks to zebras. … It’s a tool that’s been long needed.” In Pasadena, where the PHS estimates 80 percent of homes have pets, calls to a fire almost always involve an animal, Simpson said. Often indoor pets, including birds and cats, are already unconscious from smoke inhalation when firefighters arrive, Simpson said, but dogs may run off, try to protect their owners from rescuers or be too afraid to be rescued themselves. “I’ve pulled a few out after the fact, mostly from smoke inhalation,” he said. • Photo Gallery: Injured pets rescue • Video: Rescuing Pets PASADENA – Maybe no one’s happier than firefighter/paramedic Johnie Simpson about the new pet oxygen masks every Pasadena fire truck will carry from now on. “My days of kissing dogs are over,” Simpson joked Tuesday before he gave a demonstration of the new kits at Fire Station 33 on two live dogs and a toy cat, which – certainly more obligingly than the real thing – allowed itself to be put in a zip-up bag before having the mask put on. The reusable masks, in small, medium and large, will mean firefighters don’t have to improvise with human oxygen masks when pets are affected by smoke inhalation at a fire scene, said Jasser Cepeda, an animal control officer with Pasadena Humane Society, which provided the $55 kits and the training. The kits, which include two dog leashes and a cat bag, will also be carried by the three humane society vans, Cepeda said. Firefighters can use the small mask for birds, hamsters, rats, even snakes “if duty calls,” Cepeda said. “They are our bravest heroes, and I’m sure they’ll do the job.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 Rangers’ defence creaked continuously last term as Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Danny Wilson, David Bates, Ross McCrorie and Russell Martin all failed to provide an effective back line.Whether Gerrard can get his new stars to gel, though, is another matter. With the Liverpool legend coming under intense scrutiny in his first managerial role. Connor Goldson could be joining Rangers in the coming days having been linked with a £3million switch. Nikola Katic chats to RangersTV after signing for the Scottish Premiership club. Rangers have completed the transfer of defender Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo.The Croatian international has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the club. 2 Manager Steven Gerrard had feared he was set to lose out on the 21-year-old NK centre-back to Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.But they pulled out of the race, leaving Rangers free to wrap up a deal as Gerrard adds a fifth piece to his Ibrox renovation project.Katic joins Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Allan McGregor, and Liverpool winger Ovie Ejaria in moving to Ibrox this summer as Gerrard attempts to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.Brighton defender Connor Goldson is being linked with a £3million switch in the coming days which would further strengthen his backline ahead of the new season.