Pets in Maidstone, Larkfield, Borough Green and Charing have a better chance of surviving the deadly effects of smoke thanks to the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS), who have generously sponsored five life-saving pet oxygen masks for fire stations in Kent.
Maidstone based CSIS, a not-for-profit organisation, know only too well from the insurance services they provide that pets are an important part of the family, so funded the equipment via a donation to Smokey Paws.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) Watch Manager, Mitchell Kelly who is based at Larkfield fire station said: “I’m a dog owner myself and I know how devastated my family would be if Zack our Collie-cross was trapped in a house fire.
“If there’s a fire in your home, your animals will usually try to run and hide down low if they can but sadly, there are occasions when much-loved family pets die after breathing in toxic smoke produced by a house fire. Having these purpose-designed pet oxygen masks available on our fire engines will certainly improve their chances of surviving and we are very grateful to CSIS.”
Nicky Whiting, Compliance Manager from CSIS will be handing over the equipment at 11.30am on Friday, 29 April at Larkfield fire station and said: “CSIS is delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor such a worthwhile cause as the pet oxygen masks. We hope that other businesses will consider sponsoring these masks for their local KFRS fire station too.”
Lynn Carberry from Smokey Paws said: “Thanks to a variety of sponsorship from public donations, company sponsorship and other organisations, we have already managed to provide life-saving pet oxygen masks at a number of KFRS’s fire stations in Kent but our aim is to make them available at every station in the county.
"We are a not-for-profit organisation and raise the money via public donations and company sponsorship. Everyone can get involved; schools can arrange fundraisers and we are seeking shops willing to take our donation boxes. A full set of masks cost £90 but people can give what they can - every penny counts towards providing this life-saving equipment for pets."
If you want to get involved you can donate via the Smokey Paws website or by phone.
Notes to editors:
Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend the handover event at 11.30am on Friday, 29 April at Larkfield fire station, New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Kent ME20 6PP. Please confirm your attendance with the KFRS Press Office on 01622 212425.
The new pet oxygen masks will be modelled by a Kent family pet, a cockapoo called Ted