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Pet Oxygen Masks Donated

posted Jun 29, 2015, 5:30 AM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 8:39 AM ]
Aetna was recently presented with 6 animal oxygen mask kits for use on their ambulances.

At a ceremony held at Fire Station 7, employees of a Newark based web company,, gave the fire department the animal oxygen kits.  Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. Captain Jeff Sands accepted the donation from Channin Ciancio, who works in's finance department.  Ciancio spearheaded a fund drive effort in her company to purchase the oxygen kits for the fire department.

The presentation to the fire department was made on June 26, which was National Take Your Dog to Work Day.  Several Aetna firefighters attended the ceremony with their dogs. 

Several times a year Aetna is faced with pets in distress after being rescued from house fires.  In the past, Firefighter / EMT's have improvised by using oxygen delivery devices for humans.  The pet oxygen delivery kits donated each have 3 sizes of oxygen masks specifically designed to fit different size dogs or cats.  These animal life saving kits will be carried on each of Aetna's six ambulances.

Thanks to the donation from, Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co is now better equipped to help pets suffering smoke inhalation from house fires.

Story by Aetna PIO John Farrell
Pictures attributed to The Newark Post, by Josh Shannon.