Revealed: The animals rescued by Redbridge firefighters since 2017
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:54 10 May 2018
Twenty five animals were rescued fire fighters in the borough last year, it has been revealed.
London Fire Brigade has released figures on the number of animal rescues they have carried out in a bid to encourage residents to ring the RSPCA, rather than 999, for emergency animal assistance.
Cats were the most common rescued by the borough’s firefighters, with 11 call-outs in 2017.
There were also seven bird-related rescues, three involving dogs, two foxes, a squirrel and one other wild animal whose species was not recorded.
But it seems that this trend is on the decrease, with the brigade having attended only four animal-related rescues in 2018 so far.
This is lower than neighbouring Havering, where 11 animals have been rescued already in 2018.
Last month, the Recorder reported on one incident in which three Ilford firefighters rescued a parrot called Rambo from a tree in Goodmayes.
“It was just making squawking noises, it was obviously frightened,” said James Jobson at the time, Ilford fire station’s crew manager, when asked as to whether the parrot spoke.
Commenting on the rescue effort, he said: “It was quite tricky, it probably took one hour.
“It was quite an unusual one.
Across the capital the brigade attended 539 animal rescues across the city last year, which is around 10 a week and there have already been more than 100 rescued by crews so far in 2018.
It is estimated that each call out to a special service incident, such as an animal rescue, costs the brigade £328.
LFB group manager Mark Hazelton added: “We know that as a city of animal lovers, Londoners want to help straight away if they see an animal in distress and pet owners will know that their furry friends can quickly and easily get themselves into all sorts of trouble.
“But I do just want to reiterate that it’s always best to contact the RSPCA in the first instance, and if they require our assistance, they will call us and we are happy to assist with our specialist equipment.”
If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
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