BREATHING MASK FOR BOWSER
Elizabeth Pearl | The Lebanon Reporter
SAVING ANIMAL LIVES: Whitestown Fire Department Firefighter Marty Yohler practices using an animal oxygen mask on Scout, a male dachshund, with the help of Stacy Goins, community outreach specialist at Invisible Fence. Invisible Fence provided WFD with two free sets of breathing masks designed to help animals who have inhaled smoke. The masks come in three different sizes and can be used for large dogs and cats, and have even been used to save hamsters and guinea pigs, Goins said. Invisible Fences provides breathing masks for free to any fire department that requests them, Goins said.
Lt. Brandi Cunningham said that the breathing masks could help the department in major fires when pets are involved. The firefighters can use human masks for animals who have inhaled smoke, but the masks don't fit their snouts as well as the ones provided by Invisible Fence.
"A lot of the major fires we've been on people have pets that aren't able to get out as humans are," she said. "This could help revive them. It will help them relax and refresh their system."