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Fence Fire Department receives donation of equipment to help save pets

Shelly Dumais practices using the donated pet oxygen mask on a stuffed animal during the Project Breathe training on Friday. Watching her progress are (from left): Business Development Coordinator for Invisible Fence and trainer, Katie Rosenbrugh, Fence Assistant Fire Chief Marty Kerker and Fence Fire Chief Jeff Sternhagen.
Sarah Giddings

First Responders with the Fence Fire Department are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of the Upper Peninsula has donated three pet oxygen mask kits to the department.

Fence Fire Chief Jeff Sternhagen, Assistant Chief Marty Kerker and Rescue Squad member Shelly Dumais met with Invisible Fence Business Development Coordinator Katie Rosenbrugh on Friday at the Fence Town Hall for training on use of the masks. The masks come in three sizes and can be used on virtually any pet, from birds to horses.

The training emphasized the difference between resuscitating an animal and a human.

“The number one thing to remember is that an animal is not human. They are not going to be able to rationalize and understand that you are trying to help them.”

For the full story, see this week’s edition of The Florence Mining News.