Minneapolis firefighters to receive donated pet oxygen masksby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minneapolis Fire Department will have more equipment to save pets from house fires when it receives 19 new pet oxygen masks during an event Friday.
Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Johnson will accept the oxygen masks at an event with officials from Invisible Fence Co., who are donating the masks. A City Council member's dog will also help demonstrate how the masks are used.
Officials say the masks could help save pets' lives in a house fire by allowing firefighters to quickly give oxygen to a stricken animal.
Minneapolis firefighters have already received training in animal rescue techniques from Basic Animal Rescue Training, an organization run by volunteer veterinary workers to help first responders handle domestic animals in emergency situations.