Firefighter union purchases pet oxygen masks |

Firefighter union purchases pet oxygen masks

Captain Steve Alcorn, left, with “Noodles,” and Engineer Brett Jacobsen, with “Ella." Both animals are courtesy of the Pet Network Humane Society in Incline Village.
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The International Association of Firefighters Association, Local No. 2139, recently purchased pet oxygen masks for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s first-out apparatus.

These specially designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.

“Our mission is to save life and property. A life is a life and these pet oxygen masks will allow us to do our job whether it is rescuing a human life or your pet’s life,” said Local No. 2139 President Steve Alcorn. “We are very pleased to be able to provide this life-saving equipment.”

Losing a pet due to a house fire can be a devastating experience. As most pet owners leave their companions at home while they go to work, pets are left to fend for themselves in the event of a house fire.

While affixing “rescue alert stickers” to your home can be helpful to first responders, saving the pet’s life is not assured.

Unlike humans who instinctively run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect them from the fire.

“Pet Network is very excited our North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is now equipped to save the lives of our community’s four legged fire victims,” said Pet Network Humane Society Executive Director Becky Goodman. “We are so proud to be part of a community that values animals as family members.”

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