Kinston first responders equipped with pet saving device

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Kinston area first responders will now be equipped to save a pet’s life if it suffers from smoke inhalation during a fire.

Invisible Fence donated the pet oxygen masks to both Kinston Fire and Rescue and Southwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

It’s part of Project Breathe, aimed to equip every fire station in North America with pet oxygen masks.

“We really don’t carry anything on the trucks that’s specific for pets,” said Firefighter Jordan Craven. “We carry human life saving devices, but they really don’t fits pets because of their anatomy, so these devices actually fit around their snout a lot better than a normal mask that we put on a person.”

The mask allows first responders to give oxygen to pets suffering from smoke inhalation, and they often save lives.

It’s estimated between 40,000 and 150,000 pets die each year in fires, most as a result of smoke inhalation. The masks will make it easier for first responders to administer oxygen to these animals.

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