On August 18, 2020 at 1755 hours Battalions Three and Two were dispatched for a dwelling fire on Lee Avenue. Reports were the resident reporting a dryer fire and the house filling up with smoke. Captain Andre Wilson (9202) arrived on location finding a single story wood frame dwelling with smoke showing from the front door of Division A. Deptford PD were on location reporting a fire in the basement. Captain Wilson confirmed the working fire in the basement and Squad 921 arrived and were given orders to stretch a hand line to the delta division to access the basement. Engine 934 was ordered to lay a supply line from Squad 921 to a fire hydrant in the middle of the block. The fire was quickly knocked down and placed under control by the crew from Squad 921.
The homeowner had entered the residence prior to the fire department arrival and rescued her cat. The cat was unconscious and not responsive and it was handed off to Captain Wilson. He summoned the help of Squad’s 921 Chauffeur, FF Sypsomos, and oxygen was administered using a “pet mask” that is carried on Squad 921. As first aid and oxygen was being administered by Captain Wilson, FF Sypsomos, departed for other fire scene activities and Firefighter Brian Buck from Battalion Three (Engine 934) started to assist. After some time the cat became conscious and started to become alert. Once the care was completed, the cat was turned back over to the home owner, who rushed the cat to a local animal hospital.
The cat is alive and well thanks to the actions of the Deptford Fire Department
A JOB WELL DONE….