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Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Receives Pet Oxygen Mask Donations

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One local firefighting group has received a special donation to help make pets in our area safer during a fire emergency.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District received a donation of 41 pet oxygen mask kits Friday morning which will be used to help rescue and resuscitate pets who have be caught in house fires and are suffering from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters say that pets being trapped in burning buildings is a common problem.

"It's not uncommon for a pet needing rescue from a structure fire because they can't react to the sound of a smoke detector, they can't self-evacuate, and the only way they can get out of a fire is if their owners are home," says TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. The oxygen masks were all donated by the Reno Hospital for Cats - and are being given to volunteer and professional fire crews across the district.

Each kit comes with small, medium and large masks. Each mask comes with air tubing that can be hooked up to oxygen bottles inside the fire equipment. The kits are packed in a red, canvas bag with full instructions. The masks are used on pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous, toxic fumes.

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