Firefighters provide insight into animal rescue at Badminton

Firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are demonstrating their animal rescue skills to the equine community at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Between April 2014 and March 2015 AF&RS was called to 148 incidents where firefighters assisted animals in need of rescue. This included horses trapped in water-filled ditches, a cow rescued from a slurry pit, a dog trapped on ice and a cat rescued from between two garage walls.

AF&RS animal rescue lead, Station Manager Gary Weeks said: “Animal rescue is part of the role of the fire and rescue service and people are always extremely grateful when we help their animal or pets.

“We are talking to members of the public to highlight the skills and equipment we have so that in the event that one of their animals needs assistance, we can help.

“Our firefighters are highly trained to respond to incidents where animals might be in distress but members of the public may not be aware of our work in this area. We are hoping that during this event they will come and talk to us and find out more.”

Firefighters are also providing information about AF&RS’s free Home Fire Safety Visits where crews visit homes to offer fire safety advice and install free smoke alarms if required.