Parrots are smart, but nothing quite shows that like this story out of Middleton, Idaho: Firefighters rescuing two parrots from a house fire because one shouted “help!?and “fire!?lt;/span>
I called up the Middleton Fire Department, our intrepid saviors of parrots, and talked to Victor Isals, the EMS/community relations officer. “On Friday, April 17, at around 9:23 p.m., we received a notification of a structure on fire,?he told me. “Our first company arrived, and confirmed there was an active fire. They started our 360 walk around ?looking for basements, where the fire is at, listening if they can hear anything inside ?when they heard ?elp, fire, help fire.?They thought it was an elderly female, and went into rescue mode.?lt;/span>
Now, as Isals explained, rescue mode is dangerous for firefighters: they basically have to go into a burning building to find someone. But in our heroes went, even though they couldn? really see anything because of the smoke. “They were reaching out with their hands, with tools, searching for someone,?Isals said. “They were looking for someone on the floor, because that? where most people go, where the air is cleaner.?
While they couldn? find anyone, they could still hear the calls for help. So the firefighters used a thermal imager to look for the source of the call. As Isals explained, a thermal imager senses the heat differences in the building. That? when the firefighters spotted something on the table, and there they found one of the parrots.
The firefighters retrieved her, and noticed she was a little sluggish. “We gave her some oxygen, and she even put her head in the mask,?Isals said. “After the oxygen, she perked up and started mimicking the noises around her: the sirens, the engines.?lt;/span>
That? when one of the home occupants came back, and told firefighters some potentially awful news: There was still another parrot inside. So back in the Middleton firefighters went, and found the other bird: a male, still in his cage. He was quiet and, as Isal explained, “Wasn? as nice.?He was biting the firefighters?gloves, and was given oxygen as well. The birds were reunited then, and were later transported to a relative? house.
As far as he knows the parrots are OK, Isals said. “In my 12 years, I?e never had anything else like this happen,?he told me. But his company did a great job, executing the rescue exactly as they were supposed to. “Pet or human, we were glad to get them out.?lt;/span>
Here’s video from KBOI2.com, about the story: