Riviera Beach Fire Rescue now has oxygen masks to help pets rescued from burning buildings

RIVIERA Beach, Fla. - Riviera Beach Fire Rescue is now using new equipment to help animals rescued from a burning home.

Fire rescue trucks will now carry masks which deliver oxygen to animals that are unresponsive. They come in different sizes to fit the snout of various dogs and cats.

All the masks were donated by a Jensen Beach woman who is a pet lover and was concerned for the animals' safety.

EMS Division Chief Tom McCarthy says during a fire pets often hide, making it hard for firefighters to find them.

"Animals respond very well to oxygen therapy as soon as you get it into them. The better the likelihood they're gonna have a positive outcome," said McCarthy

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue has used this technique twice and the pets made a full recovery both times.

The masks are actually more expensive than human oxygen masks. You can donate masks by ordering them from Pets America online and sending them to Riviera Beach Fire Rescue.