Library donates pet oxygen masks to ambulance service

Meg Haskell, left, a volunteer with the Stockton Springs Community Library, and Charles “Chas” Hare, director of ambulance services for Stockton Springs and Prospect, demonstrate how to fit Ellie, a Labrador Retriever, with a special oxygen mask in cases of smoke inhalation or other toxic exposures. The library recently donated a set of three masks to the ambulance service in appreciation of the crew’s participation in health literacy programing.

Stockton Springs and Prospect –First responders in these small Waldo County towns have a new set of life-saving oxygen masks especially for pets and other small domestic animals. The masks, which can be used for creatures suffering from smoke inhalation and other toxic exposures, were donated to the Stockton Springs ambulance service on Thursday, May 16, by the Stockton Springs Community Library in recognition of the crew’s participation in three recent blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. 

The free screenings were part of the library’s “Access Wellness” health literacy programming, aimed at promoting public access to reliable, non-commercial health information and services. The programming, which also included slide presentations, healthy snacks, library displays and more, was made possible by community volunteers with funding from Healthy Acadia and the National Library of Medicine. 

“With the growing use of alternative fuels, the risk of structure fires is ever increasing,” said Charles “Chas” Hare, director of ambulance services for Stockton Springs and Prospect. “And just about everyone these days has a pet. So these masks are a very important addition to our equipment.”

The set of three differently sized oxygen masks will fit anything from a gerbil to a goat, Hare said, and comes complete with tubing and other accessories for use with standard oxygen tanks aboard the two ambulance trucks. One truck is already outfitted with a set of masks for animals, he said, so the second set ensures that both trucks are now prepared to treat pets, small livestock and other creatures in the event of a fire or other emergency. 

Fireside Chats Author at Library

The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting an “Author Talk” featuring former Waldo Independent staff writer and retired educator, Jeff Shula, author of Fireside Chats on Sunday, March 10, at 2 pm.

Almost 30 years ago, photographer Peggy McKenna and staff writer Jeff Shula, both working for Belfast’s Waldo Independent newspaper, produced a lengthy series of interviews with photo spreads called Fireside Chats. The stories focused on Waldo County residents whose lives spanned most of the 20th century. From the comfort of their homes, they told their life stories.

Thanks to a grant from the William and Emily Muir Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Fireside Chats, containing Shula’s interviews and McKenna’s photographs has been published.

Please join us at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, March 10th at 2 pm to hear about some of these wonderful stories.

For more information call the Library at 207-567-4147.