Life saving equipment for pets installed on Peterborough fire engine

A dog using the oxygen mask

A dog using the oxygen mask

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Pets caught in fires in Peterborough will be able to get first aid treatment at the scene as animal oxygen masks have been fitted to a fire engine.

Six fire engines in Cambridgeshire, including one based at Dogsthorpe Fire Station will be carrying life-saving oxygen masks for small animals as part of a trial with charity Smokey Paws.

The trial to have the oxygen masks on the emergency vehicles has been led by Firefighter Neil Hoskin.

He said: “As a dog owner I appreciate how important pets are to people. As a Service we do the best with the equipment we have but this new kits means we can go just that bit further to help improve the chances of survival for a pet.

“Some pet owners live alone and rely on the company of animals for support, so this is just as important to their welfare as well as the pet in a stressful rescue of fire situation.

“We have in the past used human oxygen masks numerous times but they do not always work very well. These pet masks are specially designed to fit the faces of animals and will help our attempts to revive animals and every second counts after an incident.”

The six kits have been donated through funding to the charity, including money raised at Dogsthorpe Fire Station open day last year. Each kit costs £90.

Lynn Carberry from Smokey Paws, said: “Smokey Paws is pleased to be working with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“With the help from Firefighter Neil Hoskin, Domestic Cleaning Alliance and resident Sandra Corder we have been able to supply the county with six sets of pet oxygen masks. With help from everyone we can get a set of these life-saving pet oxygen masks on every fire engine in the county and across the UK.

“Please visit www.smokeypaws.co.uk to donate and find out more information about our mission to help the UK fire and rescue service save our pets.”

A kit will be stored on fire engines from Dogsthorpe, Huntingdon, Cambridge, St Neots, Ely and Kimbolton