West Milford fire department now better equipped to save pets

Connecticut company donates pet oxygen masks and home decals

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The West Milford Fire Department has received a donation of six sets of specially designed pet oxygen mask kits, one for each station, from at-home pet services provider Canine Company.

Lt. Adam Bremy of Company #6, who is also one of the township’s animal control officers, requested the masks after learning about the Canine Company donation program from the West Milford Animal Shelter.

“The loss of pets in house fires and carbon monoxide leaks is all too common,” he said. “Until now, only the first aid squad had masks, just one set for the entire township. Thanks to Canine Company, we now have a kit for each of our six stations, and our response to protect not only human life, but pet life too, has increased dramatically.”

The kits were presented to the department during a meeting at Fire Company #6 Monday night.

James Hatch, Canine Company’s Passaic County representative, demonstrated how the masks work with the help of Sloan, a 3-year-old German shepherd.

The kits are being deployed so each of the township’s stations will be able to deliver oxygen to pets in need on the scene of house fires and other emergencies.

To ensure rescuers know there are pets in a home, Canine Company is offering free “Pets Inside” decals to local pet parents.

Decals are available from the fire department or by completing the Request a Decal <http://ow.ly/RQTY30gXfk8> form on the company’s website.

“Canine Company's mission is to help families keep their pets healthy, safe and happy," Hatch said. "We do that with the products and services we offer our clients, and with charitable programs like this. This is one of our largest donations this year. We are grateful to West Milford’s firefighters for their concern for the well being of family pets and willingness to put this equipment on their vehicles.”

Family pets are at special risk during a home fire because they cannot to leave the house without help.

An estimated 40,000 die each year nationwide from smoke inhalation. Human oxygen masks do not fit the shape of most pets’ snouts, making it difficult for first responders to provide life-saving oxygen on scene.

The donated masks are specifically designed for the shape of an animal’s snout. Each set includes masks in three sizes to fit a wide range of pets – from small mammals like rabbits to giant breed dogs.

Donated masks have helped save the lives at least six New Jersey family pets this year — including a cat in Blairstown, a dog in Brick, 2 cats in Middletown, a dog in Neptune and a dog in Penns Grove.

Canine Company, which is based in Connecticut, provides at-home pet care products and services including the Invisible Fence® brand systems and Manners dog obedience training to pet parents across New England, New York and New Jersey.

Through its Canine Love campaign, the company supports pet rescue and provides pet oxygen masks to first responders.

For information, visit www.caninecompany.com <http://www.caninecompany.com/> or call 800-818-3647.

The Township of West Milford Department of Fire comprises six volunteer fire companies under the administrative direction of the Fire Commissioner.

Each Volunteer Fire Company elects their own Chief who serves as the Officer in Charge at any fire call within their District.

The Department of Fire needs volunteers. For information on volunteering, visit fire department website.

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