Boston firefighters get oxygen masks for pets

Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:09pm EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Fire Department on Wednesday received a donation of small oxygen masks designed for pets, which will become standard equipment on every fire truck in the city, officials said.

The 60 masks to fit small snouts were a gift from the WellPet pet food company and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

Like oxygen masks for people, the masks are intended to help lungs recover from inhaled smoke.

"Smoke doesn't discriminate," said Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jonathan Oatis)