The title alone should spark up some curiosity, right? Well what exactly are Oxygen Pet Masks? They are a vital addition to any Fire Department or EMS service that handles any fire situation that involves pets. When a Fire Department goes on scene to a fire and there are pets involved in the fire, most Fire Departments do not have the capabilities of handling the pets with oxygen. They have to try to utilize a human oxygen masks and they does not work correctly and can be cumbersome let alone not work as too much oxygen escapes from the sides due to the bone structure of a dogs face compared to that of a human.
Oxygen pet masks were created just for this reason and they are so helpful to EMS and Firs Rescue to be able to have proper equipment when handling a dog or cat on scene. Lets look at what exactly these masks do and how helpful they are in this video of the Fairfax County, VA Fire Department. Here you can see them being used.
This brought up a question to our own Effingham County Fire Department and EMS services. HOPE wanted to know if they had any on their trucks. The response was no, but Wanda McDuffie with the EMS Services said they wanted some. HOPE has just donated one set to the Effignham County EMS Services. They were very appreciative. Upon giving them the set we asked how many more they would need to outfit all their trucks. This way all of Effingham would be covered when the trucks that carry oxygen were at a fire rescue that involved pets.
Wandy McDuffie got back with HOPE and let us know they would need 10 more sets to be able to have enough for each of the trucks and Rincon Fire would like to have 4 to start with as well. That has set HOPE on a mission to be able to supply all 14 sets. Each set costs $90 therefore this will cost $1,260 to outfit some trucks with their own Pet Masks Set. Each set includes 3 sizes, tubes, instructions and a carry bag for it to go in. We rely on donations to be able to do all the things we do for the Effingham County pets, so this is no different. We need your help to make this happen.
HOPE would like to match all donations made thru Dec 1st so we can order the masks and have them to the Effingham County EMS and Fire Departments before Christmas. Why Christmas, what a better way to give back to the community and at Christmas time but also Christmas is a high fire season with space heaters, Christmas trees and such. We would like to make sure the Fire Departments and EMS is equipped with the oxygen pet masks prior to that.
You can help simply by clicking the DONATE HERE or you can send in your donation to HOPE at P.O. Box 2601 Rincon, GA 31326 and please put in the memo “Pet Masks” so we know what the donation is for. Any amount helps! Remember HOPE will match all donations up to Dec 1st, and all donations are tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3.
Please help us make this happen? We don’t want pets to suffer from a fire if they could be saved by one of these pet mask sets.