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Las Vegas Now Has Best Equipped Firefighters in Country to Keep Pets Safe From Smoke Inhalation

Just this week, Las Vegas, Nev. area firefighters became some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence® Brand of Southern Nevada donated a total of 175 pet oxygen mask kits to fire departments in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Boulder City.

The Clark County Fire Department hosted an event recently at Fire Station 18 at 575 E. Flamingo Road to celebrate the donation.

This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. Masks make it possible for firefighters to oxygenate pets suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.

In April, Invisible Fence® Brand will celebrate Project Breathe Month by donating more than 1,300 masks to more than 20 fire departments in Houston, Denver, Columbus, Miami and Las Vegas, just to name a few.

By the end of the month, Invisible Fence® Brand will have donated a total of more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 50+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, including two pets saved on April 1 in Willoughby, Ohio.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Randy Boyd, Invisible Fence President and CEO. “To lose a pet would be devastating. Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

“We realize that humans are the first-priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment,” said Boyd. “Project Breathe provides firefighters with the necessary tools to save pets’ lives.”

Las Vegas is now joining the ranks of cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Memphis,who have all received donated pet oxygen masks from Project Breathe.

A Pomeranian and her four pups who suffered from smoke inhalation after a house fire in October 2010, were saved because of the masks.

Although the number of pets that die in fires in not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. Emergency responders in many states are not equipped to handle the crisis. The loss is devastating for the family and disheartening for firefighters.

“These pet oxygen masks truly are blessings not just for residents, but for firefighters as well,” said Fire Chief Bertral Washington of Clark County, Nev. Fire Department. “We want nothing more than to save every living creature in a burning home. People are obviously our number one priority, but we will are thrilled to have the tools to save pets as well.”

“We’ve seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It’s understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give people comfort in knowing that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation,” said Chief Washington.

While Vacation Pet Friendly is offers reservation capabilities for thousands of pet-friendly hotels throughout america, as well as car rentals, airlines and kennels, the people that own and work with our company love pets and truly care about the safety of pets everywhere. If you would like to find out more about how you can support the effort Invisible Fence is making in keeping animals safe from fire smoke, please visit  www.invisiblefence.com/O2.


Posted by Lisa on Apr 18, 2011 in Blog, no comments
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