Dallas-Fire Rescue firefighters will soon be better equipped to help save the lives of pets that are the victims of house fires. As of Wednesday, all DFR stations will be equipped with pet oxygen masks, according to a DFR spokesperson.
The masks will make rescues easier for both pets and firefighters. They’re designed to better fit pets around the muzzle, allowing firefighters to deliver accurate amounts of oxygen and at the same time, protect firefighters from being bitten by scared pets.
Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association’s Petwatch came up with the idea for all 57 DFR stations to have two pet oxygen mask sets, which would include three masks per set. The project was hatched earlier this year when the group learned that DFR didn’t have rescue equipment just for pets.
HMNA’s Petwatch, which was organized in 1999 to reunite lost pets with families, relied on donations for the masks, but they were slow.
When officials with Invisible Fence® Brand learned of the project, however, they decided to donate the remaining 81 masks as part of their Project Breathe™ effort.
It’s estimated that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets are killed each year in structure fires.
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