Some of Nottinghamshire's fire engines will soon be carrying pet-friendly oxygen masks - thanks to a partnership between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and a national charity.
The masks, which are already being used by firefighters across the country, are specially tailored for cats, dogs and other small household pets.
Provided by a charity called Smokey Paws, and paid for by kind-hearted locals, they are set to arrive at Newark, Highfields and West Bridgford Fire Stations in the coming weeks.
"As a Service we regularly attend house fires where pets are involved," said Group Manager Damien West, who has been working with Smokey Paws in recent months to help get the masks on local fire engines.
"Once they've been rescued they often, much like humans, require some form of oxygen therapy to assist in their immediate care and recovery. Our crews always do the best job they can in these situations – however our equipment hasn't previously been tailored specifically towards household pets.
"These new masks from Smokey Paws are specifically designed to fit the faces of small animals and mean we can go one step further when it comes to treating pets that have been involved in house fires.
"I'm sure many people across the county will agree that pets can be an enormous part of a family, so I'm really pleased that we are now starting to see this life-saving equipment rolled out to fire engines across Nottinghamshire."
With the masks now on their way to Newark, Highfields and West Bridgford, Smokey Paws are looking to get this equipment in place at other stations across the county.
"It is wonderful to see so much public support for Smokey paws so far, however Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service need a lot more of our life-saving pet masks and we really hope to hear from any members of the public, local businesses and community groups within the Nottinghamshire area who can help us to roll out the masks across Nottingham."
Emma Johnson, Fundraiser at Smokey Paws said 'It is wonderful to see so much public support for Smokey Paws so far. Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service need a lot more of our pet lifesaving masks and so we hope to hear from any members of the public, local businesses and community groups within the Nottinghamshire area who can help us to roll out the masks across Nottingham."
If you would like to find out more about Smokey Paws' pet life-saving mission, or if you can help raise funds and awareness in the Nottinghamshire area, please contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07340754408.