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Sat, Apr 12 | By AP | 170

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) -- In the event of a residential fire, a recent donation to the Charles City Fire Department may help increase the chances that homeowners' pets will survive. "A lot of people don't realize the significance that p… more ›

Oxygen Masks for Pets Donated by Charles City Family
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DLang
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DLang
5 years ago

I learn so much from these articles. I hope everyone checks their local depts to see if they have these masks.

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

It would be great if this could go nation wide!

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Amy S.
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Amy S.
5 years ago

There's a volunteer at WCHS that made it his mission to get masks for all the fire departments in Washington County. With the help of other volunteers, he did it!

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Suzanne L.
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Suzanne L.
5 years ago

I am sure I would have to go back in to look for my dog, if a fire ever happened. These should someday be standard equipment for all fire stations. Good article.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

I am glad this is implemented in this department, pets are part of the family and they may need a little help after a fire also

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

Another thing I learned on this site

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Linda L.
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Linda L.
5 years ago

Great article! Good to know information.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

Never heard of this before but I think it is a great idea.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Wow - needs to be done.

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

Would be nice if all fire dept. would make these part of the mandatory equipment.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I've seen firefighters using oxygen for pets on the news, but I never even thought about whether it was a human oxygen mask or a pet-specific one.

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

I wonder if our Fire Dept has these

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

This is so cool! More and more companies are designing products for pet safety. Way to go people!

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LilyK
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LilyK
5 years ago

Seems like a pretty cheap tool to help save some animals lives. I hope more fire departments have invested in these.

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natalie
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natalie
6 years ago

great informative story, didn't know that a majority of the time it is smoke inhalation that is the cause of death.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
6 years ago

I didn't even think of this. What a great idea. All our fire departments should have these.

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
6 years ago

What a great idea. I hope these oxygen masks help save lives of pets involved in fires.

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Kelly
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Kelly
6 years ago

This should be part of the standard equipment on the fire trucks! I am glad that this issue has been brought to our attention - hopefully with an increased awareness, these masks will be standard equipment.

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Robin
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Robin
6 years ago

It's so nice that they can help pets now!

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

its great that the fire fighter realized that they need to help pets too when there are house fires

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Divaspaw
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Divaspaw
6 years ago

I had no idea there were masks that small. Kudos to this family for seeing the importance pets play in our lives.

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

The world needs more people like these who think of the welfare of animals in times of a fire.

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Amanda R.
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Amanda R.
6 years ago

aww that reallly nice. I didnt know they made them for pets but I have seen them try to use human ones on dogs

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
6 years ago

What a wonderful idea that family had in donating masks to the fire department. Now I'm going to check out the web site and my fire department to see if I can donate a set too. I knew about these masks, but didn't know they were that inexpensive. Thanks for the info.

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Shirla S.
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Shirla S.
6 years ago

Thank goodness our fire departments here are good with saving the animals. They have helped many animals. i'm not sure if they have the animal masks but i've heard of them using oxygen on them so they must. A pet is like family to most pet owners. So losing one is like lossing there own kids. all departments should have these mask.

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Theranddav
6 years ago

I am one of those fanatics that would risk my life to save my pet! It is a scary thing to think that your pet could die as easily as a humane from smoke inhalation. Alot of people are under the misunderstanding that a dog or cat will run and find a way out if the house is on fire. Do your research. They don't. I will be looking into these masks for our fire departments here. I didn't even know that they had these. The couple that donated the masks will probably be responsible for saving alot of pets in the future. What a great thing they have done!

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parker e.
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parker e.
6 years ago

this is an amazingly great idea!

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jennifer e.
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jennifer e.
6 years ago

omg thats so great because animals can die from smoke inhalation too, and arent they part of anyones family and worth rescuing???

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Carly T.
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Carly T.
6 years ago

This is great. Animals should get as much care for smoke inhilation as people do. This could save many animals lives.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Awesome way to make a difference!

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Haley S.
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Haley S.
6 years ago

Amazing idea, for me my pets are part of my family. It is good to know that if they need help the will get it.

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wendy T.
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wendy T.
6 years ago

WTG.......animals need all kinds of help also.

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Carryl D.
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Carryl D.
6 years ago

This is such a great idea!!! I plan on pursuing this to find out if my local ambulance and/or fire department has them. If they don't, I will donate a set myself. THANKS!!

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Jessica L.
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Jessica L.
6 years ago

Thats awesome! All fire depts. should have these!

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Bob C.
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Bob C.
6 years ago

There are some very wonderful people in the world

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Stephanie G.
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Stephanie G.
6 years ago

Great idea, I'm checking into it in my area.

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B P.
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B P.
6 years ago

This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the story; I'm going to research the kits and how to obtain one for our local fire department from the organization mentioned.

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5ineveryroom
6 years ago

So nice to see an article that shows that there still are people who are helping animals.

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Melody
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Melody
6 years ago

I have heard about this before, but I had no idea that it could be so affordable! I'm going to check with my fire department to see if they have them! That will be my birthday present to myself this year...animal oxygen masks for the fire dept! Thanks for the info!!!

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Christine
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Christine
6 years ago

That is just so awesome when people recognize an animal need that is often overlooked and does something about it!!! Smoke would harm an animal just as much as it would harm a human, that is fantastic that these oxygen masks are being provided for!!

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Cara D.
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Cara D.
6 years ago

This is great to see. I think the future we will see this as standard. Animals are part of the family and are greatly valued by a lot of people. Firefighters save kittens from trees right? So why not save them from fires and a oxygen mask is just a tool to help.

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Sarah B.
6 years ago

It's good to know that there are oxygen masks available for animals. I am going to check out that web site or company. I also want to contact our local fire department to see if they are equiped w/ them. Great story. It brings up another animal safety issue that can save lifes. The more we learn & know the better we can be prepared for anything.

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Blanchec
6 years ago

I think eventually oxygen masks for pets will become standard equipment for all fire companies.With stories such as this one the public will become more informed and other areas will pick up on the practice of donating this type of life saving methods.It really is inexpensive and the value of a pets life can not be measured by dollars.

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5ineveryroom
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5ineveryroom
6 years ago

I agree! They already carry various sizes for infants, children and adults.

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ev a.
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ev a.
6 years ago

This is a great story.... Something to think about...We should truly check out with each of our FDs.... Thanks for the idea!!

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Kathleen
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Kathleen
6 years ago

Thats a good idea, but what about my bird?

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Chicklittle
6 years ago

A wonderful idea! There are SO many of us that have pets in the house, if the unthinkable happened, I would be grateful for our FD to have one. It's something for everyone to ask your local department about.

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Bill G.
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Bill G.
6 years ago

Good idea - I wonder if our FD has these? Guess it's time to visit the chief.

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

I think this is great and these should be part of every fire dept.

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CassiePennington
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CassiePennington
6 years ago

That is a very very smart idea because if you are in a fire and you want your dog to get out of the house with you then you could put the oxygen mask on your pet so the pet won't get sick or even die.

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Trisha
6 years ago

Hey, my family just did this the past year!!! Instead of buying our pets Christmas presents this year, (2 dogs and 7 cats between the family members), as they are too spoiled anyways, we purchased these oxygen pet masks in honor of them to 3 of our local fire departments..... We l thought it would be a wonderful way to put our money to help save other pets lives in our communities.

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