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WATCH: Pet Oxygen Masks Could Be Rolled Out Across Cornwall

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11:20am 4th November 2016
(Updated 11:20am 4th November 2016)

It is hoped oxygen masks for pets could be rolled out across Cornwall.

Tovaddon, Newquay, Padstow and St Dennis fire stations are using the life-saving gadgets already.

Charity Smokey Paws helped raise money for the scheme which officials hope will mean more animals caught in fires can be rescued.

Dr Julian Commons has been leading the project for Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Services.

He said: "Having these masks are a great addition to the rescue equipment firefighters carry across Cornwall which will help to further enhance our current response.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to now evaluate the benefits and use of the equipment which will help inform the possibility of rolling this equipment out across other community fire stations in Cornwall".

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Dr Commons added: "A high number of households have pets and in relation to that, they're very much part of the family. Any additional equipment that helps people or pets to recover and saves lives is good equipment".

Watch manager and dog handler Mark Smith said: "Obviously they're treated as part of the family and unfortunately sometimes they suffer from smoke inhalation the same as humans do. Anything that can enable pets and our animals to be safer and aid their recovery is great."

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As part of the initiative 75 masks are being donated by Pets At Home across the UK.

James Heard, Store Manager at Pets at Home Camborne, said: "As a group that is passionate about the protection of pets, we are extremely excited to partner with Smokey Paws. We know that the apparatus will be put to good use and will help hardworking firefighters rescue pets and hopefully save lives."

Smokey Paws is now actively encouraging members of the public and businesses in Cornwall to make donations so that pet oxygen masks can be made available at all fire stations across the county.

Brian Lockyer, from Smokey Paws, said: "We urge members of the public and other businesses to support our campaign and join us to get a set of the masks on each of the 3,000 fire engines in the UK. Every pet deserves the best chance of survival and we know these masks save lives."

11:20am 4th November 2016

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