Fire Department given oxygen masks for pets

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Pet oxygen masks

A volunteer fire department was given oxygen masks that could help save a pet’s life.

The masks were donated to the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department by Invisible Fence Corp. out of Altoona through their Project Breathe initiative.

The company gave the fire department five bags filled with three different sized oxygen masks.

The masks can be used during fires or other emergencies and can make a big difference for pets and their owners.

“These masks would make all the difference in the world if we pull an unresponsive pet out of a fire or a carbon monoxide incident, something along those lines,” Chief Ben Blakley said. “This could be the first life-saving major we could establish on an animal.”

Getting the masks to the department was a project by the J.E. DuBois Hose Co. #3 Ladies Auxiliary and took about seven months to make it all possible.

“We’re all very excited to have this thing start and finish, and we hope we never have to use them, but if we do, the tools are available,” project coordinator for the Ladies Auxiliary Debra Fairman said.

The department still has some training to complete before the masks can be put on the trucks.

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