American firefighters have an impressive history of rescuing kittens and cats. The usual circumstances are (a) house fires (b) cats stuck in drains (c) cats stuck in walls or other small spaces (d) cats stuck in trees.
The fire service is a community service. A part of serving the community is to save the lives of cats and kittens that find themselves in life threatening situations.
The house fire is the most common. Cats hide and inhale smoke and are sometimes badly burned. Firefighters often use oxygen masks to resuscitate cats that have inhaled smoke. There have been some impressive life saving moments using oxygen masks.
The firefighter saving a cat’s life is a newsworthy story. There is a nice contrast between the macho firefighter and the vulnerable kitten. It is nice for a cat lover to see the tender side of the male of the human species. This applies, particularly to women. Sensitivity is a quality that women admire in a man. I suppose you could say that the firefighter-rescuing-cat stories are really aimed at women if you were thinking commercially.
This page is a tribute to the American firefighter for coming out to serve the community in such an impressive and tender way. I have a feeling that the America fire service is more ready and willing to save the lives of cats than the same service in many other countries. They are probably the best at it.
There is always the question of cost. It is rather ironic that the cost of some of these rescue operations must be in the thousands of dollars. The lives of many other cats are rated far more cheaply.
A note about the photos: I have taken the liberty of publishing them without credits. In some cases there are no credits. They are probably in the public domain by now. If someone wants to take issue just tell me in a comment and I’ll deal with it fast.