City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services Receives Donated Pet Oxygen Masks
Oct 14, 2015
City of Greater Sudbury’s fire crews now have 8 more pet oxygen masks that can be used on any domestic animal that needs help breathing due to smoke inhalation. The donation was part of a national effort called Project Breathe by the Invisible Fence Brand and the company has already donated more than 10,000 masks throughout Canada and the U.S.
Each kit comes with a small, medium and large breathing mask, equipment bags to carry the gear and leashes and collars. The cone-shaped plastic mask, which fits snugly on snouts, can resuscitate animals suffering some smoke inhalation. They can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even birds.
“I want to give special thanks to not only Invisible Fence for donating the masks, but also to local Chelmsford resident Lee Duguid. Lee put in a lot of time and effort to find an organization who could donate the pet masks to the Fire Department,” said Chief Trevor Bain. “Losing a pet due to a house fire can be a devastating experience. We know that pets are an extension of a family and we are pleased to have the pet oxygen masks at several stations available for use when necessary.”
Greater Sudbury Fire will place the new masks in service at stations 1, Main (Van Horne), 2 Minnow Lake, 3, New Sudbury, 4, Long Lake, 12, Dowling, 14, Levack, 16, Val Therese and 18, Capreol. Though the masks will be stationed at these locations, they will always be available as an equipped fire truck with medical aid and oxygen is sent to all working fires in any area of the city.
For more information about the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services visit www.greatersudbury.ca. For more information about the Project Breathe Program, visit www.invisiblefence.com and search for “project breathe.”
Photo Caption 1 and 2:
From left to right: CGS Firefighter Barry Moore, ‘Sencha’ and Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, Jesse Oshell
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From left to right: CGS Firefighter, Barry Moore, ‘Teddy,’ local resident Lee Deguid, and Assistant Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell.