Smokey Paws duo reach their target

Accepting the final set of resuscitation masks from Pheona Horne (left) and Tricia Brown (right) are (from left to right) SFRS local group manager Myles Murray, SFRS local senior officer Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Fraser Burr, watch manager Andrew Hunter and Sophi Chapman.

SHETLAND has become the first fire and rescue command area in Scotland to be fully equipped with resuscitation kits for animals, thanks to the fundraising effort of two local women.

The final six sets of ‘Smokey Paws’ oxygen masks were presented to Fraser Burr, the SFRS manager for the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.


The initiative to help save animals’ lives in fire emergencies was started by friends Tricia Brown and Pheona Horne earlier this year.

With the help of a number of fundraising events and sponsorship from local businesses they were able to hand over the first sets of masks in July this year.

On Tuesday, they completed their task when the entire fleet of operational fire appliances became equipped with the kit.

Brown said: “When we started fund-raising, we had no idea we would reach our target of 15 sets of masks so quickly.

“We raised £585.03 through stalls at car boot sales but what really boosted our funds was the very generous donations we received from individuals and organisations in Shetland.


“We would like to say a huge thank you to DITT, the Skeld Community Hall Cafe, the Auld Skule (Recycling) Unit in Aith, Gott Cats and two anonymous donors, as well as everyone who bought items from our car boot stalls and gave us items to sell.”

Station manager Reid added: “I am delighted that Tricia’s and Pheona’s efforts have come to fruition in such a short time. On behalf of the SFRS in Shetland, I would like to say a huge thank you to Tricia and Pheona and all the kind people and businesses who have made this possible.

“This is a most welcome enhancement of the assets and capabilities of the Fire Service here in Shetland and I commend them all for what they have achieved.”