We have an Animal Rescue Unit and are committed to preventing animal suffering. We train our firefighters to rescue animals safely and provide the equipment they need to do so.
However, this is not a statutory function of the fire and rescue service and we do not receive funding for this. The National Framework for Fire and Rescue in England makes it clear that additional services should not impact on our core service. We are therefore planning to introduce some charges to cover the cost of these types of calls.
We also want to work more closely with partners, farmers and animal owners to do our best to prevent incidents involving animals and avoid the need for rescue.