Pet experts estimate that 40,000 to 100,000 animals die every year from smoke inhalation during building fires. As of Wednesday, some local first responders will have a new tool to help save some of those pets.
Sixty pet oxygen mask kits will be donated to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at MCFRS Fire Station 31 in North Potomac.
“Saving lives is the top priority for firefighters responding to a fire. Humans top the list; however, pets are beloved family members, too,” said Fire Chief Richard Bowers.
The donation is the result of the combined efforts of Wag’N Enterprises and Invisible Fence, part of a nationwide campaign to provide kits to fire departments.
"We’re honored to partner with both these organizations on this important campaign,” Bowers said. “Having the right tools and equipment to increase survival is critical and now pets will have a better chance.”
You can see a video of the pet oxygen mask in action below.