Cumbria firefighters join forces with Newton Rigg for large animal rescue training

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is committed to further enhancing and developing the training of operational firefighters.

Part of this training includes the rescue of animals, often large animals. The recent new fire and rescue service recruits, as well as students from Newton Rigg College studying Emergency Service and Equine courses will take part in large animal rescue training exercises on the 18 and 19 May at Newton Rigg campus near Penrith.

This practical training follows a series of theory lectures in the morning at Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Penrith. The practical exercises will involve a life size mannequin horse and trailer.

John McVay, Head of Operational Response for Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted that we will be carrying out this important training – for both our new recruits and experienced firefighters, and also the students at Newton Rigg. I’m pleased that Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with Newton Rigg College to deliver this series of training activity. Cumbria is an area where it is important for crews to have the skills, knowledge and experience to deal with large animal rescues, and I am sure the local community will be encouraged to know that we’re preparing our crews and local students to deal with these situations.”

In the last 12 months, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with 12 large animal rescues, involving horses, sheep, pigs, deer and goats trapped in mud, water or fencing.

Susanna Frankland, Senior Lecturer in Equine Management from Newton Rigg College, said: “I am delighted that this partnership has been established. Newton Rigg College is committed to developing strong links with industry and we are looking forward to working with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to support the delivery of first rate skills training. This activity is extremely relevant given the College’s rural location and will further enhance our students experience whilst providing them with an insight into the work of the emergency services.”

Local media are invited to attend the training sessions on 19 May and take photos of the large animal rescue practical training sessions.