Saving the Entire Family

By Brandi Devine

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When Emergency Responders are called to a scene they have all of the supplies necessary to save people's lives, but what happens to the four-legged family members?

Up to 150,000 animals die each year in fires, and much of the cause is smoke inhalation.

As a result, Invisible Fence donated an animal oxygen kit to Chenango Ambulance Services.

The ambulance service is the first in Broome County to receive a kit.

The kit comes with three different sized masks, fitting small to large breed animals.

Since first responders and emergency crews already have CPR training, it's a matter of altering that training for animals.

Those slight alterations include the animals position and the size of the mask used.

"Pets are a big part of everyone's lives these days and so not only do we save people with ambulance, first responders, and fire departments, but we want to save the pets also," says Vanessa Jewitt with EMSTAR.

Each kit costs $60. People can purchase them for their homes, or donate kits to their local fire departments. For more information on the oxygen kits go to: www.invisiblefence.com/Giving-Back/Project-Breathe.