Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has received a donation of 18 oxygen mask sets for pets from the Capital Humane Society. LFR will recognize the Capital Humane Society for the gift at 8:30 a.m. Friday, October 29 at the LFR Administration conference room, 1801 "Q" Street. Donna Bode, Director of Development, will represent the Capital Humane Society at the event.
"In many homes, a pet is a member of the family," said Assistant Chief Richard Furasek. "Each station will have a mask set to be used on our trucks and medic units to help us save more of the dogs and cats who have been involved in house fires. We really appreciate this donation and the good work the Capital Humane Society does all year round."
Along with the Capital Humane Society, funds for the masks came from P.D. Duensing and the United Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services as well as a donation made in memory of Jodi Maughan-Kos.
Each set includes three masks of varying sizes to fit the face and muzzle of different pets. They were purchased through Wag n' Enterprises. LFR is now enrolled in the national "O2 Fur Life" program, which offers pet owners and first responders the necessary gear, supplies and training to effectively respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety.
More information on LFR is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: fire).