Firefighters and paramedics are being credited with rescuing a small dog and resuscitating it, after A house fire in Coquitlam.
Afterwards, the injured pup also got a ride in an ambulance to a 24-hour animal hospital.
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart was at the scene of the fire and saw the rescue.
“I am confident that BC Ambulance wouldn’t have moved the dog themselves if they had a call to go to. I’m confident of that, only because I know a lot of paramedics that take very seriously their work.”
Stewart, who has suffered from a serious back injury, says he has also waited for an ambulance for more than hour, so he knows how busy paramedics can be.
It happened at an early morning house fire in the 2100-block of Craigen Avenue. three people and two cats got out of the burning building.
Provincial Health Services Authority executive vice-president Linda Lupini says paramedics made the right call.
She says this rarely happens, and only under extraordinary circumstances.
“For dog owners, pets are family members, essentially, and they felt there was an opportunity to save the dog.”
She says the dog would’ve most likely died, had the first responders not intervened.