Pets are family. Now firefighters in Waupaca will be better equipped to help furry friends during a fire.
The Waupaca Area Fire District has received new pet oxygen masks. They were donated by Invisible Fence's Project Breathe Program.
“Animals tend to hide in a fire and owners can’t always find their pets,” says Waupaca Area Fire District Safety Officer Tim Banaszak. “Once our crews locate them, these masks go a long way to giving us the tools we need to be able to revive a pet.”
The department received a reusable mask kit and three slip leashes. There are masks to fit different sizes, from tiny rabbit to big Rottweiler.
In January, the fire department was called to a report of smoke at the Humane Society of Waupaca County. No pets were hurt, and humane staffers were so happy for the department's thorough response.