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Fireman rescuing dog.The Baltimore County Fire Service is ready to assist animals that suffer smoke inhalation as a result of fires, thanks to a donation from a local company.

Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore will donate 58 pet oxygen kits to county fire stations during a press briefing scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m., at Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. Chestnut Ridge VFC is located at 12020 Greenspring Avenue, Owings Mills, 21117.

While the primary goal of firefighters is saving human lives, Baltimore County’s fire service is committed to helping animals whenever possible. “For many pet owners, cats, dogs and other animals are members of the family,” said Fire Chief John Hohman. “We know how important it is to rescue them when we can.”

Dogs, cats, horses, deer, birds and rabbits are all pets that have been saved by Baltimore County fire crews.

Local Donation

The pet-friendly oxygen mask kits are donated as part of Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore’s “Project Breathe” initiative. This initiative supplies pet oxygen mask kits to fire stations so firefighters can save canine and feline victims of fire.

Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore will donate one kit for every career and volunteer station in Baltimore County. Each kit contains small, medium and large masks. They are specially designed to cover the pet’s muzzle and will deliver needed oxygen in a fire emergency. The kits cost nearly $3,500.

“Being able to help our local firefighters save pets’ lives is very important to us,” said Jeff Little, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore.

Each year, an estimated 500,000 pets nationwide are injured by fire. Some 40,000 pets die from fire and smoke inhalation.

Baltimore County Police and Fire celebrate the 12th Annual Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held at 2626 Eastern Boulevard, 21220 (next to the Exxon Tiger Mart).

Public Safety Day for the general public begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families will spend 10 a.m. to 11a.m. interacting with police, firefighters and other first responders. This event is free.

Public Safety Day allows visitors an “up-close” look at police and fire equipment, and includes demonstrations given by Police, Fire and EMS personnel. The demonstrations are entertaining and educational.

Come see the following displays and demonstrations on Public Safety Day:

  • Police K-9 dogs in action
  • The BCoPD Tactical Team
  • Equipment displays
  • Police armored car
  • The Baltimore County Police helicopter
  • Police motorcycles
  • Seatbelt “Convincer”
  • Fire Department rescues, using Jaws of Life
  • Fire engines, Medic Units
  • Special events for kids, such as face painting, arts and crafts and finger printing

Participants include the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments; the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office; and other local and state agencies. This is your opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to Baltimore County’s public safety experts.

The Baltimore County Police and Community Relations Councils, Inc. and Pathfinders for Autism are sponsoring this free annual event.

Mark your calendar and join us for Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 17.


Photo of firefighters using Jaws of Life method for rescue efforts.









Photo of McGruff the Crime Dog on the Seatbelt Convincer equipment.









Photo of fire engine at Public Safety Day event.

On June 27 at 2:17 p.m., Baltimore County Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 3 Ketch Cay Court in Dundalk.

Firefighters from the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department were first to respond and were told that fire was coming from the deck of the rowhome. Before they arrived at the scene, they could see smoke and fire coming from the rowhome. Fire spread to the siding, then to a second home and eventually a third home. A second alarm was called at 2:35 p.m.

The fire was declared under control at 2:50 p.m.

No civilians were hurt. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The fire is under investigation.

Photo of fire debris at home on Ketch Cay Court.


Revised September 27, 2016