Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

Local fire departments now equipped with oxygen masks for pets

posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, fire, Warsaw, Arcade, Castile.

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Firefighters and emergency responders with the Warsaw, Castile and Arcade fire departments recently received equipment to save a pet’s life.

Amy Pusater, of Project Breathe of NY, stopped by the Warsaw Fire Department earlier today to present officials with two sets of pet oxygen mask kits. The kits includes small-, medium- and large-size masks.

The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s commitment to saving the lives of pets, Pusater says. The company created the pet oxygen mask donation program to provide fire departments and other first responders across the United States and Canada the equipment to save the lives of pets. Fire departments are eligible to receive one kit per station.

According to the Invisible Fence Brand website: Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not keep an official statistic, industry sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Most succumb to smoke inhalation.

Officials say the program has saved an estimated 10,000 pets from fires and smoke inhalation.

“We’re excited to be able to add these masks to our organization,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “We hope that we don’t have to use them, but it’s a great tool to have if needed.

"To many people, myself included, their pet is their four-legged child. If we can help save them, it’s like saving part of the family. We would like to thank Invisible Fence and its Project Breathe Program for the donated masks.”

Fire departments can request a mask kit by clicking here.

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