Extra vehicle is a boost for animal rescuers

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THE fire service’s animal rescue capabilities have stepped up a gear with the introduction of a second dedicated vehicle.

The vehicle contains the specialist equipment needed to deal with animal rescues in a range of scenarios – from horses in cattle grids or cows in slurry, to livestock transporters involved in road traffic collisions.

Jim Green, Hampshire’s animal rescue manager, said: ‘Incidents involving animals are now relatively common.

‘We deal with around one large trapped animal each week, along with other regular incidents where the involvement of animals places the public and rescuers at risk. This new addition to our fleet will increase our resilience to be able to deal humanely and safely with animal incidents across Hampshire.’

Animal rescue is one of the most dangerous activities firefighters undertake and specialist training is given.