Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins and the Columbia Fire Department received six donated pet oxygen mask kits Tuesday from Ms. Yolanda Wardlaw and Ms. Ann Jones of Columbia after they participated in an online auction that raised funds to purchase the kits from the "Wag’N O2 Fur Life" Program.
The program was established in 2008 and has been providing kits to fire departments through direct, sponsorship, gift and fellowship programs. The kits, available for a $75 fee, contain specially designed animal oxygen masks and other materials that aide firefighters when they encounter a conscious or unconscious pet.
Columbia Fire Department had 10 pet oxygen kits prior to the donation.
“The ultimate goal is to have one pet oxygen kit on every fire truck and through the launch of this program today, the citizens and business communities of the City of Columbia and Richland County can help us reach that goal, ” Jenkins said.
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More information on the kits is available at: petoxygenmasks.org