Fire Dept. Receives Oxygen Masks for Pets

When the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department (WBFD) responds to a fire, its mission is to protect lives and property, and a recent donation will help Wrightsville's firefighters to save even more lives--those of family pets.

"With animals getting to be like family, I wanted to make sure that of there is a fire and there's smoke inhalation, that they're able to be rescued," said Trish Arnold, who donated a set of three pet-size oxygen masks to the fire department. "I saw something on a news program about these masks, and I came in and asked Chief Smith whether there was a need for them."

Fire Chief Frank Smith said he had heard of oxygen masks for pets before, but that it was not something that had been a priority with the department's limited budget. But it could be a big help. Pure oxygen can make a big difference for anyone suffering from smoke inhalation, he said, and he has heard of firefighters using direct oxygen tubing or trying to cup a human mask around an animal's face to administer oxygen.

Now, WBFD will have exactly the equipment the doctor ordered. The masks, which were ordered from...

Norwood, Jules. "Fire Dept. receives oxygen masks for pets." Lumina News, 11 December 2008.

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