Gwinnett County firefighters now have an extra tool to help pets that get caught in a house fire.
A Peachtree Corners couple has donated 42 oxygen mask sets for dogs and cats to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. The donation, worth about $2,700, will put a set of masks on each of the county’s 31 fire engines and 11 ladder trucks.
Each set has small, medium and large masks, so firefighters have the right fit for anything from a Chihuahua puppy or a tabby cat to a full-grown St. Bernard.
Davis and Jennifer Robinson read about a donation of a single set of gas masks that was made “a while back” and decided they wanted every fire truck had the devices, according to a department release. They saved the money for the masks over the course of a month and worked with the department to ensure they were providing the devices that were needed.
When pets are rescued from a house fire, they can often benefit from medical oxygen because they have been exposed to high levels of smoke and toxic gases, the fire department said. The masks are reusable and stored in a designated bag for easy access.
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