About once or twice a year there are rescues that concern animals stranded in storm drains, Weishaar said. Those types of calls are normally simpler because the responders can lower themselves into the confined space and the animals are unable to escape.
Added within the past few years is a breathing device used to resuscitate animals that are overcome with smoke from structure fires, Weishaar said. During housefires, pets usually hide and easily become overcome with smoke. Both AFD and Atchison County EMS carry the resuscitating devices in their vehicles.
“Pets have become a large part of society and our citizens consider them as part of their family and we are happy to make this part of our service,” Weishaar said.