- Monday, 27 February 2012 13:00
Firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are appealing to farmers and horse owners who may have an unwanted horsebox trailer they would be prepared to donate to the organisation.
The AF&RS animal rescue team needs a horsebox trailer to use as part of its training programme.
In 2010/11 AF&RS was called to 23 incidents involving large animals in need of rescue or assistance – nearly two a month. Ten of the incidents were in the Bath & North East Somerset area, ten were in North Somerset, two were in South Gloucestershire and one was in Bristol.
Watch Manager, Kevin Escott, who is an animal rescue specialist, said: “We train our firefighters to be able to deal with a range of incidents, for example cows trapped in ditches and horses involved in road traffic collisions.
“We have seen cases where vehicles towing a horsebox trailer have been involved in a road traffic collision so we would like to be able to use the horsebox trailer to set up similar scenarios we can use for training our crews.”
“The horsebox trailer would need to be structurally sound and roadworthy to enable us to collect it from the owner. If anyone thinks they can help, we’d love to hear from them.”