Firefighters hailed heroes after saving two cats using special pet oxygen masks

When firefighters attended a fire at a two-story building, they were relieved to find all humans present were okay, but they did find two fur babies in need of assistance and didn’t hesitate to help.

Now they’re being hailed heroes after saving the lives of the two cats which required specialist oxygen masks.

The firefighters from Runcorn Fire Station, in Cheshire, England, attended the blaze on Saturday afternoon and found the ground floor of a two-story building on fire.

Thankfully the people in the building were not injured but two cats needed medical attention. Using special pet-friendly oxygen masks they were able to help the two needy furballs before transporting them to the nearest veterinary clinic.

Posting images of the rescue on their Facebook page they wrote: “Thanks to our equipment supplied by Smokey Paws and training from Willows Veterinary Group, we were able to administer oxygen before the cats were conveyed to the vets.”

The nonprofit Smokey Paws provides the special masks to UK fire services.

Posting an update on their page they reported the cats were doing well after an overnight stay at the veterinary clinic.

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The group said on its website that “46% of households in the UK have pets and with over 40,000 house fires a year, it’s an unfortunate fact that pets die from smoke inhalation.”

More than 100 people commented on the post thanking the firefighters for their quick-thinking and life-saving actions that day.

“Amazing work to all involved and great idea to have the specialist equipment. You guys rock!” one person wrote while another said: “Aw you guys really are heroes, you’re all amazing.”

Another said: “Well done red watch, you all deserve a medal.”

Such a great idea to train firefighters to be able to apply life-saving techniques to animals as well as humans and providing them with specialist equipment.

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