Fire department gets life saving equipment for pets

NORTH BEAVER, Pa. (WKBN) – First responders in the North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department are now equipped to save a pet’s life.

Invisible Fence of Western Pennsylvania has donated two pet oxygen mask kits to the local fire department. The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project BreatheTM program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.

The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada. Over 120 pets have been saved by the masks, including a dog saved May 25 in Akron, according to the company.

“These masks truly are blessings for the New Castle area” said Deputy Chief Christopher Snedeker. “We’ve seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It’s understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give residents comfort in knowing that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation.”

It is estimated that 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation.

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