Kings Langley Fire Station held an open day recently to raise money for a set of pet-friendly oxygen kits.
The kits are specifically designed to help pets and animals involved in fires, with each one containing three masks in large, medium and small, a set of oxygen tubes, a slip lead and breathable muzzles.
Offering a selection of food and refreshments to the public, the open day managed to raise £92 to purchase a kit from charitable organisation Smokey Paws, as well raise awareness of the importance of fire safety and prevention.
George Tucker, crew commander at Kings Langley Fire Station, said: “House fires are rare, but when they happen it is distressing enough for sufferers, without the extra devastation of losing a pet. We are very pleased to have this kit which is simple to use and can potentially save the lives of many much-loved animals.”
Smokey Paws is a not for profit organisation that provides specially designed pet oxygen masks to fire services across the whole of the UK. Their masks can provide 95-100 per cent oxygen to animals involved in fires, compared to only five per cent with human masks.
Brian Lockyer, founder of Smokey Paws, said: “Over two million Brits have lost pets in house fires due to smoke inhalation. By providing one special animal oxygen kit for each fire engine in the country, we hope to enable first responders to save even more animal lives.”
For more information on Smokey Paws visit www.smokeypaws.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @helpsmokeypaws.