Project Paws Alive has kicked-off its fundraising effort to provide vital equipment for the Scott Township Fire Department K-9 Unit in Evansville, Indiana. The equipment needed for the unit consists of a K-9 First Aid Field Trauma kit, K-9 Cooling Vest, K-9 protective boots, and a Heat Alarm Pro system.
The Scott Township Fire Department K-9 Unit consists of one Fire/Arson Investigation K-9 named Osie along with her handler, Captain Nathan Stoermer. K-9 Osie is a 1.5 year old female Dutch Shepherd who is certified in all aspects of accelerant detection.
The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is designed for use by Law Enforcement, Military, Fire, EMS, and Search & Rescue K-9 Units. This kit contains specific supplies needed to treat the K-9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to snake bites and paw lacerations from glass, metal, nails and other dangerous and often unseen dangers.
K-9 teams face substantial risks on a daily basis. Those who work in Fire/Arson, Search & Rescue, Apprehension and Explosive Detection teams have an increased risk of injury due to extreme conditions, poisoning, or explosion.
While emergency care is often readily available to the handler, the same cannot be said of their canine partner. Training officers to administer first aid to their injured canine partner is only part of the solution, equipping them with a K-9 tactical first aid trauma kit for use in the field to address injuries immediately on site can make a huge difference.
Distribution of these kits will give the handlers the means to do just that. In addition, everything in the K9 first aid kit can also be used to treat and/or the save the life of the human handler.
The K-9 cooling vests are specifically designed for police, military, fire, and search and rescue K-9s that work in high heat conditions. They use advanced Phase Change Cooling Material to maintain a constant cool temperature of 58F around the K-9. The outer material is 100% light-weight cotton. The Phase Change Material or PCM is a non-toxic chemical that freezes at 58F and stays at that temperature for 2-4 hrs. It works by absorbing heat away from the body. It is not a cold vest, it is a cool vest, and is designed to keep the K-9 cool and comfortable, not cold therefore there is no discomfort. There is no ice burn, condensation or fluctuating temperatures with PCM, like you would have with an ice vest. PCM is not water based, it is a carbon based liquid and it is 25% lighter than water. PCM is also safe for the K-9s as it is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and non-flammable. These vests are a must for K-9s that often have to work in extremely hot working conditions and fit comfortably over a harness for constant leash control.
Every year working dogs die from being left in unattended and overheated vehicles. Police and Fire vehicles typically leave the car’s AC running if they are not in the vehicle with their K-9. These K-9s dutifully protect their communities and handlers without hesitation and do it happily. But what happens if the AC starts to push out hot air? What happens if the engine shuts off? The horrific reality is that the vehicle will overheat rapidly and the K-9 will be trapped inside with no way to get out. Tragically, K-9s die from these heat-stroke related accidents every year.
Project Paws Alive has partnered with AceK9 to offer their top of the line vehicle heat alarm system called the “Hot n’ Pop Pro” through exclusive pricing. The AceK9 Hot n’ Pop Pro unit monitors vital components including temperature sensors and vehicle battery voltage. The information is shown on a 32-character backlit alphanumeric display. If an alarm condition is detected, the unit will activate a S.O.S. Horn Honk signal, siren and light-bar activation and dual window drop. This system not only makes automatic corrective actions to the heat, it audibly and visually alerts everyone nearby. As a last measure, the system will open the vehicle door allowing the K-9 to exit. From beginning to end the officer is alerted via horns, sirens, lights and digital transmitters worn on their person. The unit also includes a cold temp alert should the vehicle temp drop below a set degree for year-round K-9 protection.
Project Paws Alive will include the “No K9 Left Behind” add-on to each heat alarm system donated. The “No K9 Left Behind” option is exclusive to AceK9 and provides an end of shift system monitor which will alert and continue to alert until the door to the K-9 has been fully opened to release the K9 and the officer has acknowledged the release of the K-9. Thus providing yet another layer of safety to protect against distractions and other instances where a K-9 may be accidentally left in a vehicle at the end of shift.
Many Fire and Arson K-9 Units do not have the budget to purchase these life-saving pieces of equipment. Most agencies are prohibited from spending funds on equipment that is not for human officer use. A majority of these units are often funded solely by donations.
Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today. Our goal is to raise $3,200 to provide this vital equipment. All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible. 100% of all donations go directly towards purchasing the equipment.
You may make a secure donation using our “Donate” button below.
Checks or money orders can also be mailed to Project Paws Alive at 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and note “K9 Osie” in the memo line.
Project Paws Alive President, Cheryl Allen may be reached directly at 770.714.7994 or Cheryl@ProjectPawsAlive.org .
Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501c non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, fire, military and first responder agencies throughout the US. Project Paws Alive volunteers do not get paid and 100% of all donations go towards the equipment. Project Paws Alive’s dual mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, and military K-9s throughout the United States. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations to provide the lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. We maintain a nationwide waitlist for this equipment. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about Project Paws Alive please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org