Pet Oxygen Masks Added to Boston Fire DepartmentPublished November 2, 2010
Pets and their human companions in Boston, Massachusetts can breathe a bit easier.
Thirty-five pet oxygen masks were donated to the to Boston Fire Depatment by local pet food manufacturer WellPet and another 25 were donated by the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, according to the Boston Globe.
Every rescue engine and ladder truck in the city will now carry these pet-sized masks.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said, "The Fire Department does an outstanding job protecting the residents of Boston.These mask kits will give them the tools they need to protect our pets, which are also a part of many Boston families. I appreciate the generosity of WellPet and the MVMA in helping us better serve our city."
Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser added, "It is great to have responsible partners like WellPet and the MVMA sponsor this project. This will allow us to provide a better service to the community and save the lives of pets that otherwise might not have been helped without the availability of these kits."
Over 130 fire departments throughout the state of Massachusetts have already been outfitted with these masks through the Pet Oxygen Mask program, which was established just a year ago by the MVMA Charities, Inc. Their goal is to provide at least one Pet Oxygen mask to every city and town in the state.
Curious about how exactly these masks work? Watch the video uploaded to YouTube by wesmedia.
Wouldn't you feel more secure if your local fire department carried Pet Oxygen Masks? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
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