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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

New Animal Rescue Unit at Leek

03/01/2012

A new fire and rescue vehicle is set to benefit animal owners in North Staffordshire. Leek Fire Station has received a brand new animal rescue unit, which will be sent to incidents involving animals that need rescuing.

"Animal rescues can be very long, arduous tasks and so anything to help us rescue the animals involved quickly and safely for both us and the animal is invaluable."

Operational Response Lead Officer, Wayne Bowcock

Leek firefighters have spent the past few months training with the equipment on the vehicle and even have a mechanical horse on station to practice rescues on.

New equipment includes strops, slings, a loop pole, animal guards, thick gloves and quick release bars which are all designed for safe, efficient animal rescues which are humane to the animal.

Operational Response Lead Officer, Wayne Bowcock said: "We get quite a lot of incidents in the Moorlands involving animals, particularly farm animals with it being such a rural area. Animal rescues can be very long, arduous tasks and so anything to help us rescue the animals involved quickly and safely for both us and the animal is invaluable.

"The vehicle and equipment will also be available to attend other animal-related incidents in the county if it is needed however it will predominately serve the Moorlands.

"Having this additional vehicle means that instead of sending one or even two fire engines to animal rescues, we can send this appliance and it has all of the equipment we’ll need on board.

"It still looks like a normal fire engine and have the same functions as a fire engine, it just has extra equipment on board which will make it much easier and quicker for crews to rescue animals in danger."