Town of Caledon Better Prepared to Handle Pet-Related Emergencies

2/19/2013

The donation is part of "Project Breathe™" by Invisible Fence® Brand which aims to equip every fire station in Canada, the United States and the U.K with pet oxygen masks.


Town of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services is now better equipped than ever to handle pet-related emergencies arising from a fire. A generous donation of pet oxygen masks by Cheltenham Veterinary Centre and Invisible Fence® Brand now permits first responders to better assist valued pets.

The pet oxygen mask kit is supplied to Cheltenham Veterinary Centre by Invisible Fence® Brand through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in exchange for a donation to the Farley Foundation (a charitable organization which assists seniors, disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse, by subsidizing the non-elective veterinary care of their pets). The donation is part of "Project Breathe™" by Invisible Fence® Brand which aims to equip every fire station in Canada, the United States and the U.K with pet oxygen masks.

Each pet oxygen mask kit contains three re-usable masks appropriately sized for small animals (cats, small dogs, animals with short snouts such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds), medium-sized animals (20 to 25 pounds) and large domestic animals (dogs 50 pounds and over). Cheltenham Veterinary Centre will provide initial training and on-going support to the Fire Department as required.

Back Row - left to right: Gord Brimblecombe, Paul Bebbington, Dr. David Kirkham, Councillor Allan Thompson, David Livingston, Mary Brock, Dr. Goorge Wood. Front Row - left to right: Huw Jones, Roy Hostrawer, Stuart Reece and dog Ellie.

"Our first priority in case of fire is always to assist the occupants involved and ensure buildings are cleared. While doing our job, though, we often have the opportunity to work with pets," said Fire Chief Terry Irwin. "We recognize that they are another important member of the family. Before this donation, we used human oxygen masks on pets distressed by fires. We have had success in saving pet lives, but with this donation, we will be better equipped to securely deliver the right amount of oxygen."

Dr. David Kirkham of Cheltenham Veterinary Centre commented, "In the event of a fire, pets are often in need of emergency assistance before veterinary care can be accessed. Now that the Town of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services has these masks on hand, our community is better equipped with the tools that can help save a pet’s life during this type of emergency situation."

Media Contact:

Bethany Lee

Corporate Communications

905.584.2272 x.4106 | communications@caledon.ca

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