MFD Receives Specialized Equipment Donation

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The Monmouth Fire Department recently received a donation of specialized oxygen mask equipment for pets. The kits are part of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe program and were donated by Phil Vroman from Invisible Fence Of The Quad Cities.

During a structure fire, large amounts of noxious smoke can be generated in a very short time. On account of the shape of a dog or cats snout, it can be problematic to deliver oxygen rapidly after the pets have been removed from the incident. The new, pet-specific masks can fit around the animal’s snout and create a tight seal that allows the correct amount of oxygen to be delivered, aiding in the recovery.

“These kits are a welcome addition to our toolbox. There have been times in the past when we have had to adapt oxygen kits designed for humans to work with man’s best friend. These new masks will be a great improvement and we are glad to have a regional company like invisible fence that cares about animal safety and is willing to donate to the department.” – Chief Casey Rexroat

The units will be stored on all first-response vehicles, so they are available as needed.

*Courtesy of Monmouth Fire Department*

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