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Thanks to Invisible Fence of Seattle, East Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters now have specially-designed equipment that will help save pets suffering from smoke inhalation when they have been rescued from a fire. The masks allow firefighters to more effectively administer oxygen to cats and dogs, often saving the animal’s life. The East Pierce Firefighters Local 3520 helped coordinate the donation.

The company donated six pet oxygen mask kits to the department this week as part of Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program. The program’s goal is to equip every fire department in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. So far, Invisible Fence Brand has donated more than 12,400 devices.

Invisible Fence Brand is the original electronic pet containment system and offers a comprehensive family of containment, avoidance, and access products to keep pets out of harm's way and prevent unwanted behaviors throughout both the home and yard.

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

East Pierce Fire Chief Bud Backer says that the masks have been placed on each of the six fire engines deployed throughout the fire district that includes Bonney Lake, Sumner, Tehaleh, Lake Tapps South Prairie, Edgewood, Milton and the Ridge Communities.