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City Fire Department Now Equipped with Special Oxygen Masks for Pets

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The New Brunswick Fire Department recently received a donation of six sets of specially designed oxygen masks for pets from Canine Company, a Northeast-based provider of at-home pet services. The kits will be deployed across the department’s six primary response units allowing first responders to resuscitate family pets on the scene in an emergency.

Lieutenant Alex Eristavi, who oversees the Fire Department’s medical equipment, says, “We are proud to add this equipment and training to our existing resources. We recognize that many residents consider pets part of their family, and will do our best to offer assistance to pets affected by fire incidents.” He adds the company’s grant program was brought to the department’s attention by Mrs. Jessica Newcomb, a New Brunswick resident and local nurse. “Without cost to our tax-payers,” adds Eristavi, “we now have six of our front-line units equipped. We are thankful to add another new resource to our department’s expanding capabilities.”

The cone-shaped masks donated by Canine Company are designed specifically for a pet’s snout, which human masks don’t fit.  Each set includes masks to accommodate pets from small mammals to giant breed dogs.

According to Canine Company, 4 pets’ lives have been saved so far this year by first responders in New Jersey using donated masks.

“We thank these first responders for caring about the well-being of family pets and are happy to provide these mask kits to them,” said Renee Coughlin of Canine Company. “Our company mission is to help families keep their pets healthy, safe and happy at home. We do that with our products and services, like Invisible Fence® systems and Manners training, but also with this important charitable program.” Canine Company also offers free “Pets Inside” decals to local pet parents, which are available from the fire department.