Firefighters lead dog to safety with thanks to linked smoke detector

A careline system and Smokey Paws oxygen mask prevented a serious incident from occurring in West Sussex.


Release date: 25 May

Our firefighters at Worthing recently rescued a furry friend after a specialist alarm alerted the service to a smoke-logged property.

The crew were called to the bungalow on Saturday afternoon and arrived within three minutes of receiving the 999 call. They were able to enter the property and extinguish the small kitchen fire before ventilating the area.

It was brought to the attention of firefighters that a dog was in the property and suffering from mild smoke inhalation. Fortunately, in the last six months all fire engines in West Sussex became equipped with specialist animal oxygen masks and the kit was used to save the dog’s life.

Two charities, Smokey Paws and the RSPCA, came together to fund the specialist kits with the aim of saving the lives of as many animals as possible.

Gavin McCourty, Crew Commander in charge at the incident, said: “This is just one incident of many where a careline system has proved to be life-saving - it ensures that the property and the occupier are protected 24/7.

“It is extremely fortunate that due to the modern technologies of the careline system and Smokey Paws oxygen masks, the outcome was a positive one. I would encourage everyone who may find it difficult to raise the alarm in a fire situation to have a linked system fitted.”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offer free Safe and Well Visits where firefighters visit homes by appointment to give safety advice and, where appropriate, fit smoke detectors or other specialist fire detection equipment.

To request a Safe and Well Visit call 0345 872 9719 or visit

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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