West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 has received a donation of pet oxygen masks from Invisible Fence of Northeast PA. This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives. Invisible Fence® has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. “When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Shawn Prohaska, owner of Invisible Fence of Northeast PA and a volunteer firefighter for 35 years. “Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes. We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment.” West Wyoming joins the ranks of cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Memphis, who have all received donated pet oxygen masks from Project Breathe™. Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry websites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis. The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where people or companies can support the effort. From left, are Matt Granteed, Len Hromek, Ethan Chesna, Nick Granteed, Kevin Lehman, Jean Granteed, Heather Hayes, Sara Kuhns, Jayne Hromek, Chantelle Rupell, A.J. Burke, Mark Ostrowski, Ryan Pancetta and Shannon Rowland.