Pet oxygen masks donated to Mohawk Fire Department
Pets often are casualties of fires, but the Mohawk Fire Department has a better chance of saving more of them with the donation of pet oxygen masks from an area business.
Aileen Howard of Invisible Fence® Brand delivered the masks, which come in three sizes to accommodate different sized animals.Howard and her husband, Bob, of Otego, are dealers for Invisible Fence® Brand with a territory that covers several counties, including Herkimer.The donation to the department is part of the Invisible Fence® Brand’s Pet Oxygen Mask Donation Program, said Aileen Howard. Each kit includes a small, medium and large mask and is worth about $200. Fire departments are eligible to receive one kit per station. In a statement on its website, the company notes although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry websites and sources have cited that an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires, with most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are not equipped to deal with the crisis because they lack specially designed pet oxygen masks.The goal of the donation program is to ensure every fire department and rescue unit is equipped with these life-saving pet oxygen masks. To date, the company has donated more than 10,000 masks to fire stations throughout the U.S. and Canada.