BAYONNE, NJ - No matter what the emergency is, whatever the danger may be, every time the alarm rings members of the Bayonne Fire Department are on the ready. Whether it’s dousing a blaze, responding to a car accident, mitigating a chemical spill, or any other danger that others rightly run from, Bayonne’s Bravest are there.

The rescues they perform aren’t just for Bayonne’s two-legged residents either, and now, thanks to Canine Company, the men and women of the Bayonne Fire Department are equipped with specially designed oxygen masks. Each fire station in Bayonne, according to a statement by the company, has received one.

“More and more often, we find pets trapped and overcome by smoke.  It’s hard for a family to lose their home, much less a family member,” Michael J Monczewski, President FMBA Local 11, the union that represents Bayonne’s firefighters offered as his reason for making the request. “ We hope having these masks will give family pets a fighting chance at survival.”

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“This is another example of how our firefighters are committed to the safety of the community in which they serve,” Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver added.

The masks, Canine Company said, are designed specifically for a pet’s snout, and each set includes masks in three sizes to accommodate pets from small mammals to giant breed dogs. The effort, the company continued is to help reduce the number of pet deaths from smoke inhalation, estimated at 40,000  per year, caused by the animal’s inability to leave a fire situation without help. 

At least 14 pet’s lives have been saved in 2019, including four in New Jersey, thanks to the donated masks, the statement said.

“We are grateful that these first responders care about the well being of family pets and are happy to be able to donate these mask kits to them,” said Renee Coughlin of Canine Company.  “Our company mission is to help families keep their pets healthy, safe and happy. We do that with our products and services, like Invisible Fence® systems and Manners training, but also with our charitable programs.”

Canine Company also provides “Pets Inside” decals that pet owners can place in windows in to ensure that rescuers know there are pets in a home. The stickers are available from the Bayonne Fire Department, or can be requested by mail through the Request a Decal form on Canine Company’s website.


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