Overnight, East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended a variety of incidents:-
- At 20:38, firefighters from Seaford, Lewes together with support from West Sussex firefighters attended a farm on Wick Street, Berwick to carry out an animal rescue. Nine cows were stuck in a slurry lagoon. Crews used dry suits and an inflatable walkway to help release the cows.
- At 03:46 on 17th January, firefighters from Newhaven attended an RTC on Lewes Road, Piddinghoe. One person was trapped. Crews released the casualty who was handed over in to the care of SECAMB.
- At 06:05 on 17th January, firefighters from Eastbourne attended a car fire on Helvellyn Drive, Eastbourne. Crews used one breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the fire.
Did you know that East Sussex Fire and Rescue have a specialist team for large animal rescues, these most frequently include cows, horses and sheep?
The Animal Rescue team, based at Crowborough Community Fire Station, also work with local vets to raise awareness of how best to work together when dealing with an animal in distress.
We also receive 999 calls relating to smaller animals which may be in trouble such as birds trapped in netting.
We ask that members of the public call wildlife or animal charities first for advice as they are the experts and may be able to assist. If we are needed, we can be contacted and we will assess the situation.
We take into account whether the animals are trapped at height or are in inaccessible areas, and whether there is a risk that a member of the public will put themselves in danger to reach them.
For more information on our Animal Rescue team visit: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/animal-rescues/