Paramedics receive pet oxygen masks

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – After paramedics had to use a human oxygen mask to revive a German Shepherd rescued from a fire at a Loves Park home in June, Stateline first responders are hoping to share more happy endings with a new tool to save animals from fires.

Metro Medical now has ten new pet oxygen mask kits thanks to the Invisible Fence Company’s Project Breathe program.

Paramedics will also be receiving pet first aid and CPR training.

“You can only imagine what it would feel like to lose a pet in a fire so we want to be prepared for the best we can do to help those families out. They’re losing enough during a fire with their personal property and stuff like that if we can rescue their cat or dog it just makes them feel a little bit better,” says Metro Medical training officer Darren Files.

The masks cost about $70 each. The Project Breathe program has also donated more than 12,000 pet oxygen masks to cities like Chicago, Denver, and Seattle.