August 5, 2014,Bradenton, Florida, East Manatee Fire Rescue, in collaboration with Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance, now provides ambulance services for pets. Recognizing the need for this type of service, EMFR becomes the first Fire Department to offer this type of service for pets. With over 62% of all households owning at least one pet, Fire and EMS personnel are increasingly seeing pets involved in emergency situations including vehicle accidents, owner accidents/illness, and structure fires. Seeing this increase in their own district, EMFR Deputy Chief Lee Whitehurst met with Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance to see if they would be able to help provide service in these types of incidences. Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance has proven to be the perfect fit for this type of service with over 3,400 pet transports over the last 4 years and the recommendation and endorsement of the local Veterinary Community. “Pets are members of our family and pet owners need and deserve this type of emergency service for their pets. This is what we are equipped, experienced and trained for and we’re thrilled to be able to team up with East Manatee Fire Rescue to help” says Cheryl Brady, Owner of Vet Care Express. Working together, East Manatee Fire Rescue and Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance set a new, higher standard of service to our community- including our pets!
East Manatee Fire Rescue is dedicated in providing quality care through education, prevention and response to the needs of our community. East Manatee Fire Rescue District is comprised of 100 square miles and included are some of Florida’s fastest growing geographical areas. Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance specializes in providing both emergency and non-emergency transport for pets throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties 24hours a day, 365 days a year.
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