East Devon pets to benefit from new oxygen masks

PUBLISHED: 15:51 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:51 01 September 2016

A fire fighter showing the new equipment

A fire fighter showing the new equipment

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Pets across East Devon now have a greater chance of surviving household fires, thanks to new oxygen masks specially designed for animals that are being carried on selected fire engines.

The ‘Smokey Paws’ masks are available in three sizes, so a large dog, cat, guinea pig, even a tortoise can be treated.

A similar device can be found at Topsham Fire Station.

Station Manager, Martin Lock from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “In a fire people and animals react very differently. Having the correct equipment available will help improve the chances of survival for a pet affected by smoke immensely, as every second counts after a fire”.

Fire stations in the US are provided with this equipment as standard, however in the UK, services are not provided with specific apparatus to resuscitate and treat pets which are unfortunately caught in fires.

Smokey Paws’ mission is to raise enough money through public donations, to equip every first responder in the UK with these lifesaving masks.

For more information about Smokey Paws go to its website www.smokeypaws.co.uk

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