The four pet masks were donated by Invisible Fence of California as part of its Project Breathe campaign to provide pet masks to every fire station in America. To date the company has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks all over the country.
“While humans are always our first priority, these masks are a blessing for Folsom,” says Fire Chief Ron Phillips. “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 that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation.”
Industry sources estimate that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets die in fires each year, with most succumbing to smoke inhalation. To date, more than 90 pets have been saved by the donated masks.