Franklin firefighters will be equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire. Invisible Fence® Brand is donating pet oxygen masks to Franklin Fire and Rescue.
This donation is a part of Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.
Invisible Fence has donated more than 1,290 masks to more than 430 fire stations in the Carolinas. The company started donating pet oxygen masks in the Carolinas in 2008. Nationally, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 70-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.
“Franklin Fire and Rescue recently utilized medical equipment designed for humans to assist in treating a family dog that had been involved in a fire and our members recognized the need for better equipment and had a desire to pursue better treatment options,” stated Franklin Fire and Rescue Chief Warren Cabe.
Although not an official U.S. Fire Administration statistic, it is estimated that 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires; most succumbing to smoke inhalation, and over 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. In most states, emergency responders are not equipped to deal with the crisis. The donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving pet oxygen masks will enable first responders to efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal.