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Pet oxygen masks donated to Brainerd fire

The Brainerd Fire Department recently received two pet oxygen masks from a private donor. The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets that are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. "The masks are truly a blessi...

Jennifer Stockinger/This is a pet oxygen mask that was donated to the Brainerd Fire Department by a private donor.
Jennifer Stockinger/This is a pet oxygen mask that was donated to the Brainerd Fire Department by a private donor.

The Brainerd Fire Department recently received two pet oxygen masks from a private donor.

The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets that are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires.

"The masks are truly a blessing for the fire department," said Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek. "We have seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It's understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give residents comfort in knowing that we can save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation."

The number of pets that die in fires in not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, but industry websites and sources estimate about 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires; most succumb to smoke inhalation.

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