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Campaign launched over animal emergency calls
A squirrel in a toilet and a bird trapped in a tree are just some of the incidents involving animals firefighters have been called to during the last year.
Now the London Fire Brigade are urging pet owners to keep an eye on their animals and to think before calling for them if they see an animal in difficulty.
The fire brigade has now launched a new campaign called ‘I’m An Animal, Get Me Out of Here’ to show people the fire brigade should not be their first port of call if they see an animal in difficulty.
Borough Commander for Haringey, Spencer Alden-Smith said: “We want to dispel the old stereotype about firefighters rescuing cats from trees, our crews are highly trained emergency service personnel.
“If there is a cat up a tree, or an animal stuck anywhere, the first port of call should always be the RSPCA, not the emergency services.
“What’s worrying is that when firefighters are out rescuing animals, they’re then not available to attend real emergencies.”
Examples of incidents Haringey crews have had to deal with include a kitten stuck on a roof in September last year, a fox stuck between a wall and a garage in and a cat trapped under floor boards in April this year.
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