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More Phoenix-area fire departments add pet-saving kits

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- As of Wednesday every Chandler and Phoenix fire truck will be carrying lifesaving equipment designed to help pets.

The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association raised more than $10,000 to put Fido Bag CPR kits on the trucks. Oxygen masks designed to fit any cat or dog along with other pet-size gear such as bandages and slings.

"We've had 11 saves in the past three weeks in the Valley using the Fido Bags," Phoenix Fire Capt. Russ Kirk said.

Seven puppies were killed in a house fire in Chandler last week. Chandler Fire Battalion Chief Keith Hargis said dealing with animals at a fire is much different than dealing with people.

"They're small, scared and they like to hide in an area of the home they're familiar with," he said. "They're often causalities and it's devastating for families."

Tempe, Glendale and Peoria also have the Fido Bags on their trucks.

The Fetch Foundation provided the Fido Kits which are used by many departments nationwide and in Canada. The CPR kits are also used by US military in Afghanistan.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

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