Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Pet oxygen mask used on cat rescued from Watford fire

Firefighters in Hertfordshire have demonstrated their new oxygen masks, specially designed for pets.

They've posted a picture on Twitter of the equipment in action at a fire in Watford on Saturday night.

The post said the kit was "put to good use" on a cat, which was rescued from a flat and had breathed in smoke.

Pet oxygen mask being used on a cat in Watford.
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The force announced earlier this year it had bought specialist pet oxygen masks, thanks to donations from animal lovers, and hoped to roll them out to all of its fire engines.

The masks range in size for small pets such as hamsters, snakes, dogs and cats, and larger animals such as sheep and horses.

Hertfordshire Fire Service shows its new oxygen masks with a dog and a hamster.
Hertfordshire County Council

Herts Fire Service plans 'flawed', county council says

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hertfordshire County Council has told the Home Office that revised plans by the Conservative police and crime commissioner David Lloyd to take over the fire and rescue service are "flawed" - financially, operationally and democratically - and should not go ahead.

Hertford fire station

Mr Lloyd has said that bringing both emergency services under the same umbrella would save some £9m-£16.6m by co-locating fire and police officers at community safety hubs while selling off un-needed premises, enable better joint working and improve public safety.

Conservative council leader David Williams has written to policing and fire service minister Nick Hurd to oppose the plans which he says have been "driven purely by financial savings" and there was no evidence that the estimates of income from the sales of sites are either realistic or achievable.

Councillor Williams has told the minister that keeping the fire service under the control of the council is the best solution and would continue to prioritise the safety of residents.

Mr Lloyd said: "A quick resolution to this is in the best interest of the police and fire services of Hertfordshire and both I and the county council hope this can be made as soon as possible."