A joint Vets Liaison event has been hosted by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to help educate specialists on the roles and responsibilities required at large animal rescues.
Call sign Whiskey 13, the animal rescue unit based at Crowborough Fire Station, covers the whole of Sussex and parts of Kent and have been nationally recognised for their expertise.
This event, which is organised by ESFRS and vets every three years, took place on Wednesday (19th October) at Wadhurst Community Fire Station and the feedback was positive from participants Equine and bovine veterinarian practices across Sussex, Surrey and Kent were invited.
Pup Upton, who is Station Manager responsible for Crowborough’s Specialist Animal Rescue Team, said:
The idea behind this event is for ESFRS and vets to have a better understanding of roles and responsibilities within the Incident Command System for incidents involving large animals and to have a shared situational awareness to enhance safe systems of work.
This was done through presentations and practical demonstrations of rescue techniques, using the animal rescue vehicle and a horse mannequin.
It was also an ideal opportunity to explain the new Large Animal Rescue call handling procedure, as vets have a key role to play in this process.
The event was well attended and the overwhelming response was positive, which we are sure will assist in safer animal rescues across our Service area in the future.