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Pets to breathe easier in Spring Lake

Two Fire departments in Ottawa County recently have received a donation that will help prevent pets from falling victim to smoke inhalation due to fire.
Invisible Fence Brand located in Rockford, Mi will be donating oxygen recovery mask kits for pets to the Spring Lake Fire Stations next week, September 20 at their Fire Training meeting @ 7pm, at Station #2.
"With this donation, we hope to contribute to saving more pets and hopefully protect pet owners that may risk their own life to save a pet in a fire," says Tom Winquist, owner, Invisible Fence.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets each year that die in fires; most succumbing to smoke inhalation.  In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis.  The donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving animal oxygen mask sets will enable Ottawa County first responders to efficiently administer oxygen to a stricken animal.
“This donation along with the ones that were donated by an area business a few years ago, will now allow us to have a pet mask kit on each of our trucks.  We want to thank Invisible Fence for their generosity and believe that these kits will help us save more pets”, says Fire Chief, Rick Nuvill.