Devon and Somerset Fire Service receive donation of oxygen masks for pets

PUBLISHED: 12:52 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:14 12 September 2017

Sidmouth Fire Station in Woolbrook Road

Sidmouth Fire Station in Woolbrook Road

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Pets in Sidmouth now have a greater chance of surviving household fires, thanks to new oxygen masks specially designed for animals.

Eight sets of the masks have been donated by LV to eight fire stations across Devon and Somerset, including Sidmouth.

The Smokey Paws masks come in three sizes, so a large dog, cat, guinea pig, or even a tortoise can be treated.

Each kit contains the three different size masks, along with oxygen tubes, a slip lead and breathable muzzles, to make things easier for the rescuer if the animal is in distress.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s Greg Webb said: “We are really grateful to LV for their donation.

“In a fire people and animals react very differently.

“Having the correct equipment available will help improve the chances of survival for a pet affected by smoke immensely, as every second counts after a fire.”

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