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Donated Pet Oxygen Masks Make a Difference

posted May 25, 2016, 6:09 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated May 25, 2016, 9:51 AM ]
Firefighters rescued 5 cats from a residential fire in the Timberlane Trailer Park in Christiana on Friday, May 20.

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark sent an Engine Company & Ladder Company to assist the Christiana Fire Co with fire suppression.  Aetna Ambulance A7 was sent to the fire scene for EMS standby and firefighter rehab.  A7's crew soon found themselves thrust into a different role.  Christiana firefighters brought the rescued cats to A7 for care.  A7's crew used recently donated pet oxygen masks to treat the distressed felines. 

Several times a year Aetna is faced with pets in distress after being rescued from fires.  In the past, Firefighters and EMT's have improvised by using oxygen delivery devices for humans.  The pet oxygen delivery kits have 3 sizes of oxygen masks specifically designed to fit different size dogs or cats.  These pet rescue kits are carried on each of Aetna's 6 ambulances. 

In June of 2015, on National Take Your Dog to Work Day, Aetna was presented with the life saving oxygen devices for dogs and cats.  A Newark based web company,, in an effort to give back to the community, spearheaded a company fund drive to purchase the pet oxygen masks for Aetna. 

On the evening of the fire, A7 was staffed by Firefighter/EMT Kyle Mench, Firefighter/EMT Aubrey Eveland, and a Firefighter from Delaware City Fire Co, Marissa Berlant.  The fire was the 4th time that Aetna has used the pet oxygen devices donated by at fire scenes.

Story by PIO John H. Farrell, IV