Heights Fire Department receives animal rescue masks

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn Heights Firefighter Brett Karwowski (left) and Lt. Dan Chadwick demonstrate how to place a newly donated animal rescue oxygen mask on Cooper in case of a fire. Five masks were donated to the department by Invisible Fence Nov. 11.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn Heights Firefighter Brett Karwowski (left) and Lt. Dan Chadwick demonstrate how to place a newly donated animal rescue oxygen mask on Cooper in case of a fire. Five masks were donated to the department by Invisible Fence Nov. 11.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — The Fire Department was given five animal rescue oxygen mask kits to save the lives of pets during fires.

The donation came from Invisible Fence as part of its national effort, Project Breathe, which has given more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the United States and Canada.

The masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets that are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

“I didn’t know about the program before the request was made,” Fire Chief David Brogan said. “The request for the masks was put in last month after a firefighter who uses the company mentioned the program to Capt. Bill Herman.”

Brogan said the five kits each include three sizes of masks small enough to fit a cat and large enough to use for rescuing dogs.

“One kit will be placed on each of the engines or squad trucks,” he said. “The masks will be placed on the animals we rescue to provide the necessary oxygen.”

The mask kits were presented to the fire department Nov. 11 at the fire department’s headquarters, 1999 Beech Daly.

A demonstration was held on a dog showcasing how the mask will be placed on the nose and mouth area of the rescued animal.

The city has joined Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City as cities that have received the pet oxygen masks though the Project Breathe program.

Invisible Fence is the original electronic pet containment system and offers a comprehensive family of containment, avoidance, and access products to keep pets out of harm’s way and prevent unwanted behaviors throughout both the home and yard.

For more information on the company or donations go to invisiblefence.com.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at znajm@bewickpublications.com.)