First Responders with the Manchester Fire Department are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Dubuque has donated four pet oxygen mask kits to the department. Dr. Ken Miller with Manchester Animal Med Center provided additional pet saving tips to the group such as pet first aid and CPR.
This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.
Invisible Fence Brand has donated a total of more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 150+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.
Manchester, IA is now joining the ranks of cities like Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Salt Lake City that have all received donated pet oxygen masks from the Project Breathe program.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis. The loss is terrible for the family and heart wrenching for firefighters.