Havering firefighters called to rescue cats, horses and ... a snake?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 December 2015

Swan on a roof (This is not an actual incident)

Swan on a roof (This is not an actual incident)


Removing cats from trees is often thought to be the stereotypical firefighter’s job, but recently Havering officers have had to save far trickier animals.

Havering firefighters had to rescue two horses.Havering firefighters had to rescue two horses.

As well as rescuing five moggies from perilous positions between April 2014 and March 2015, our borough’s firefighters have also come to the aid of two horses and three dogs.

More recently, in September, officers in Hornchurch got a call to remove a metre long corn snake from a radiator.

Bill Gough, station watch manager, told the Recorder at the time: “It was very scary - lots of hissing and snapping - it was trying to bite everyone.”

In total between April 2014 and March 2015, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called 557 times for animal rescues according to a freedom of information request.

These included assisting the RSPCA with a dog stuck down a drain, saving a funeral horse who had collapsed in a roadway and a cat trapped in a sofa by its leg.

An LFB spokesman said: “We always try to be there in an emergency but not all animal rescues need our help.

“As well as being time consuming, animal rescues cost the tax payer and I’m sure most people would prefer their money was being spent on training or fire prevention work, than cats up trees.”

He asked if an animal is injured to contact the RSPCA by calling 0300 1234 999.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We are always incredibly grateful for any help we receive from the police or the fire service but appreciate that they can only attend when they do not have any urgent or priority calls.”

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