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Oban firefighters are helping fundraise to save the lives of family pets caught up in devastating house fires.

The town’s station already has one oxygen mask kit for pets and hopes to get another.

Most stations in Argyll now have the kits but four more are needed across the area.

Oban Vets in Tweeddale Street have a collecting tin for donations.

The Oban effort is part of a major drive thanks to a pioneering partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws.

Kits have already been delivered to more than 270 fire stations across Scotland. The move has even received the backing of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

The specially designed kits – many donated by animal lovers and big-hearted businesses – are designed to fit an animal’s nose and allow enhanced oxygen flow. They can provide emergency care for ponies, calves and even reptiles, as well as cats and dogs.

Smokey Paws founders Lynn Carberry and Brian Lockyer  want to make sure that every one of Scotland’s 356 fire stations has a kit.

Brian said: ‘When we discovered UK fire and rescue services did not carry lifesaving pet oxygen masks, we imported a set of oxygen masks from the USA and donated them to our local fire service.

‘As word spread of our donation, more and more people came forward with offers to donate money to buy more pet oxygen masks for their local stations, to give their pets the best chance of survival in a house fire or road traffic accident.’

Oban station manager John Sweeney said: ‘We’ve had our oxygen mask kit for six months. Thankfully, we’ve not had to use it yet but it’s good to know we’ve go it.’