Fire District 1 receives donation to save pets from fire | Families
First responders in Stevens County are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to safe your pet's life after Invisible Fence of Spokane donated eight pet oxygen mask kits to the Stevens County Fire Protection District 1.
The donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence's “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 and often save pets' lives.
So far Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 masks to fire stations, saving a reported 120 lives.
“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said the director of Invisible Fence Albert Lee. “Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes. We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment. Project Breathe is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets' lives.”
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, heart wrenching for firefighters.
“These masks truly are blessings for the Nine Mile Falls area” said Fire Chief Mike Bucy. “We’ve seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It’s understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give residents comfort in knowing that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation.”
The company has set up a website where people or companies can support the effort.