Annawan Fire Dept. receives pet oxygen masks

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Phillip Vroman, left, owner of Invisible Fence of the Cities, presents a pair of pet oxygen mask kits to the Annawan-Alba Fire Department. Pictured with Vroman are, front row, from left: Stephanie Heath, Lloyd Foster, Wanda Lucas, Norm Johnson, Jordan Jackson and Loren Jackson. Back row, from left: Marty Nelson, Mike Lucas, Shawn Frank, Connor Williams, Dan Johnson, Ben Foster and Rollie Peterson.

The Annawan-Alba Fire Department now has two pet oxygen masks, courtesy of Invisible Fence of the Cities.

Phillip Vroman, company owner, presented the masks to the department on Monday, April 23.

This donation is part of a national effort called Project Breathe designed to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks.

The masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence. “Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.

“We realize that humans are the first priority, but, in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment,” said Hoyt.