Firemen pose with bags containing emergency pet oxygen masks

When training for a structure fire rescue, our first responders prepare to tackle the obstacles of recovering people from smoke-filled rooms and resuscitating them with available oxygen-delivering equipment. However when the victims of structure fires are pets, response crews need special oxygen masks to help them out. These masks aren’t always available and can often be overlooked when outfitting a response vehicle for a myriad of possible rescue scenarios. We are happy to say that thanks to Invisible Fence of Central Florida the Auburndale Fire Department now has 4 brand-new pet oxygen masks to keep available during emergencies.

Dog with an emergency oxygen mask over its snout.

On Wednesday, November 22, 2019, representatives of Invisible Fence of Central Florida stopped by Station 420 to present our firemen with the donated pet oxygen masks. Invisible Fence, Inc. is known for wireless and fenceless systems that revolutionized pet containment when it was first introduced in 1973. In 2006, they began the Project Breathe Program to distribute pet oxygen masks to fire stations around the country. Their mission is to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.

We are very thankful to have these masks on-hand for emergencies. With programs like Project Breathe happening nationwide, it serves as a good reminder that our first responders could find a pet in danger when working in an emergency situation and that we have the tools to make a difference.