Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - People care about their pets, and so do many firemen.
Both Inlet Volunteer Hose Company and Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department will soon have the tools and the ability to help save pets who are in danger of dying because of being caught in a fire.
Both departments will be receiving an animal rescue oxygen mask kit through a donation from Invisible Fence of The Tri-Cities and Hudson Valley. Inlet will be equipped with masks after holding its Thursday, Oct. 10, training session at 4 p.m. at the fire hall; Indian Lake will hold its training session Friday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at its fire hall.
After the training fire department personnel will demonstrate how the masks will be used. The public is invited.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry websites and other sources say an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year; most succumb to smoke inhalation.
The donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving animal oxygen mask sets enable rescue squads to efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal.
"These masks truly are blessings for Inlet and the surrounding communities," said Inlet's Bill Faro.
Indian Lake Fire Chief Paul Strain says, "We've seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It's understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give residents comfort in knowing we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation."
The donation is part of a national effort, known as the Project Breathe Program, to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada. More information is available at www.invisiblefence.com/O2.