20 May 16

Dungeness B donates lifesaving equipment for pets to Lydd Fire station

Pets living in Romney Marsh now have a better chance of surviving household fires, thanks to Dungeness B power station.

The power station has donated a set of life-saving oxygen masks for pets to Lydd Fire Station, through a donation to not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws.

Russell Harrison, an operations team leader who has worked at the power station for 28 years is also an on-call Watch Manager for Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) at Lydd Fire station. He contacted his workplace for a donation following a sad incident in Brookland where two dogs were unable to be resuscitated from a house fire.

Russell, who lives in Lydd, said: “I’d heard of Smokey Paws and following the sad event in Brookland I wrote to the power station director to see if there was anything we could do to help. These masks will make a huge difference as they will give us an even better chance of being able to save the lives of many pets, from cats and dogs to snakes.”

In the 12 months up to November 2015 KFRS attended over 40 fires where dogs and cats were involved, some of which resulted in the pets being given oxygen.

KFRS Station Manager, Dave Nolan said: “If there’s a fire in your home most of us would try to get out as quickly as possible. While your pet will be just as terrified as you, it’s more likely to run and find a place to hide, so they could potentially be in a smoke filled space for longer.”

“We know that pets are precious to people and owners often put their own lives at risk to rescue them although we would always advise against returning to any burning building. We are grateful to EDF Energy and Smokey Paws for providing this new kit, which will enable us to help pets that need medical attention in the immediate aftermath of a fire.”

Lynn Carberry from Smokey Paws said: "We would like to thank EDF Energy for supporting Smokey Paws by donating a set of Pet Oxygen Masks to Lydd fire Station. Everyday firefighters risk their life to save us and our pets, the least we can do is to give them the right equipment to aid their efforts. Our mission with the help of the public and companies like EDF Energy is to equip every fire engine in the UK with a set of these life saving Pet Oxygen Masks.” 

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

Notes to editors

  • 46% of households in the UK have pets
  • In 2014 the fire service attended over 40,000 house fires
  • Smokey Paws is actively encouraging members of the public or Kent and Medway businesses and other organisations to make donations so that these pet oxygen masks are available at fire stations across the county. For more information and to show your    support, please visit www.smokeypaws.co.uk.

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use.

EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.