fire engines to carry oxygen masks for animals
across the Burnham-On-Sea area will have a better chance of surviving
household fires thanks to new oxygen masks for animals being carried
on selected fire engines.
The funding for the sets of specially-designed masks has been
provided by Pets at Home through its instore reward scheme.
fire stations in the Devon and Somerset area are to benefit from
the scheme, including Burnham-On-Sea and Barnstaple, Bridgwater,
Brixham, North Tawton, Ottery St Mary, Topsham and Wellington.
Hastie of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said:
"I appreciate how important pets can be to some families
and individuals. If this goes just that bit further to help improve
the chances of survival for a pet, then its worth every
pet owners live alone and rely on their company for support, so
this is just as important to their welfare as well as the pet
in a stressful fire situation.
at Home donated the money for the sets of masks to Smokey Paws,
the not-for-profit organisation trying to help family pets in
the event of a fire.
donation of pet oxygen masks is one of 75 made by Pets at Home
to fire stations across the UK, working in partnership with Smokey
Paws, which imports the apparatus from the USA.
stations in the US are provided with this equipment as standard,
however in the UK, services are not provided with specific apparatus
to resuscitate and treat pets which are unfortunately caught in
Paws mission is to raise enough money through public donations,
to equip every first responder in the UK with these lifesaving
masks. For more information about Smokey Paws go to its website