Ohio.com staff

Fourteen local fire and police departments will receive 45 pet oxygen masks kits Thursday as a part of the nationwide Project Breathe initiative.

Departments from Barberton, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Fairlawn, Green, Norton, New Franklin and Tallmadge will receive the equipment donated by the Invisible Fence Brand to aid in the rescue of pets from a fire.

The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets that are suffering from smoke inhalation, often saving the pets’ life.

“Project Breathe is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets’ lives,” said Albert Lee, Director of Invisible Fence Brand in a news release.

Barberton High School nursing students will be on hand Thursday morning to conduct safety training and local fire department personnel will demonstrate how the masks are used on their canine friends.

In January, other local departments like Stow, Bath and Kent also received the masks.