Shetland firefighters use oxygen masks for animals – BBC News

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Oxygen masks specially designed for animals are being used by firefighters in Shetland in what is believed to be a Scottish first.

Lerwick Fire Station has received the masks from the charity Smokey Paws.

They have already been successfully used to save the lives of pets in England.

Further masks which will be donated to Scalloway Fire Station and farther situateds have been ordered for Brae and Bixter.

‘Even a tortoise’

Graham Reid, station administrator at Lerwick, said: “The equipment works in conjunction with the oxygen resuscitation equipment we already carry on our flame appliances.

“Having this additional equipment means we can now resurrect a wide range of animals if the need arises.

“From my own personal experience as an operational fire policeman, I have considered how valuable oxygen therapy equipment can be in resuscitating both people and animals, having used it on cats, dogs, birds and even a tortoise to great effect.”

He thanked local people for their fundraising endeavours for making the donation possible.

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