Animal rescue an unexpected — and big — part of Escambia County Fire Rescue


A Pensacola canine had its day Wednesday after firefighters had been in a position to free the Siberian husky whose head was caught in a cinder block beneath a home on Ada Wilson Avenue.

Escambia County Fire Rescue was dispatched to an animal rescue name at 10:17 that morning, one thing that occurs pretty incessantly within the county.

Battalion Chief Adam Harrison mentioned they get animal rescue calls a few times a month.

“They’re usually stuck in something,” Harrison mentioned. “They’re stuck under a house, in a tree or in furniture.”

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The canine was peering out of this opening its head was caught in.

When Engine 16 arrived Wednesday, firefighters discovered the husky had someway gotten into the crawlspace and was looking from a small opening within the cinderblock wall skirting the house.

According to Davis Wood, public data officer for Escambia County Public Safety, firefighters crawled beneath the home to consolation the canine earlier than firing up a loud air chisel to chop the concrete and set the canine free.

The entire rescue took half an hour. The husky was unhurt and affectionate with its rescuers afterward.

For firefighters, animal rescue calls go far past chipping canine out of concrete holes and scaling the hearth engine ladder to pluck a wide-eyed cat from a treetop. Escambia County firefighters have rescued an complete menagerie.

“We’ve rescued anything from horses, cats and dogs,” Harrison mentioned. “We’ve gotten ducks out of storm drains.”

Dogs and cats account for almost all of animal rescue calls acquired. Animals generally get caught in drainage programs and crevices of properties and autos. Cats are most infamous for getting lodged in unusual locations.

“In 2021, we’ve had at least a dozen calls from cats caught in recliners, reclining couches and car engines,” mentioned Battalion Chief Curt Isakson.

Isakson added that cats and puppies discover a approach to get in partitions. Firefighters attempt to do as little harm as potential to get them out.

It isn’t all the time small critters in tiny locations. Firefighters will get requires equine rescue within the extra rural north finish of Escambia County when horses have gotten caught in holes or snarled in fences.

Family pets are sometimes within the combine when first responders arrive at residential fires. Escambia firefighters have risked their very own lives to avoid wasting greater than canine and cats.

“We’ve taken out lizards, birds, snakes and rabbits,” Harrison mentioned. “We even had one get a goat out of someone’s house.”

Animal rescue is so widespread at construction fires, Isakson mentioned firefighters carry pet oxygen masks that match cats and canine.

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“If it involves an animal, we go at it just like it’s a human,” Isakson mentioned.

Firefighters have the choice to obtain coaching in animal rescue and resuscitation strategies, however most of the information comes from expertise. Isakson mentioned what helps rather a lot is having the fitting instruments for the job.

“Man in Machine” kits come stocked with pliers, wire cutters, hacksaws, knives, pry bars, grinders, welders, straps and lubricants to successfully pull, lower and pry away what traps individuals and pets.

“The longer I do this, the more I realize a good firefighter has a good mechanical aptitude,” Isakson mentioned.

Escambia County Fire Rescue firefighters crawled beneath a home and cut concrete to free a dog with its head stuck in a cinder block.

Escambia County Fire Rescue firefighters crawled beneath a house and lower concrete to free a canine with its head caught in a cinder block.

Firefighters usually draw on information from earlier experiences rescuing people — significantly tiny ones like toddlers — when developing with fast methods to get an animal out of a harmful spot.

“Any time you can save one and hand it back to their owner, it’s amazing,” Isakson mentioned. “When you’ve been doing it a long time, you can’t make up some of the things that you see.”

While rescuing animals is all the time secondary to saving a human life, firefighters benefit from the problem and see some of probably the most gratitude when returning a beloved household pet to security.

“The homeowner treats the pet as another part of their family,” Harrison mentioned. “To see them overjoyed to get the family member back is always good.”

This article initially appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Escambia County Fire Rescue saves canine, cats, horses, geese