Ely fire station to trial ‘paw-some’ pet-friendly oxygen masks

Pet-friendly oxygen masks are to be carried on some of Cambridgeshire's fire engines.

Pet-friendly oxygen masks are to be carried on some of Cambridgeshire's fire engines. - Credit: Archant

It is often said that a house is not a home without a pet, and Ely fire station is making sure the region’s four-legged friends are protected by trialing pet-friendly oxygen masks.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with national charity Smokey Paws to kit out six fire engines in the area.

The trial to have the oxygen masks on the emergency vehicles has been led by Firefighter Neil Hoskin.

He said: “As a dog owner I appreciate how important pets are to people. As a Service we do the best with the equipment we have but this new kits means we can go just that bit further to help improve the chances of survival for a pet.

“Some pet owners live alone and rely on the company of animals for support, so this is just as important to their welfare as well as the pet in a stressful rescue of fire situation.

“We have in the past used human oxygen masks numerous times but they do not always work very well. These pet masks are specially designed to fit the faces of animals and will help our attempts to revive animals and every second counts after an incident.”

The six kits have been donated through funding to the charity, including money raised at Dogsthorpe Fire Station open day last year.

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Lynn Carberry from Smokey Paws, said: “Smokey Paws is pleased to be working with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“With the help from Firefighter Neil Hoskin, Domestic Cleaning Alliance and resident Sandra Corder we have been able to supply the county with six sets of pet oxygen masks. With help from everyone we can get a set of these life-saving pet oxygen masks on every fire engine in the county and across the UK.”

A kit, which will cost £90, will be stored on fire engines from Dogsthorpe, Huntingdon, Cambridge, St Neots, Ely and Kimbolton.