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Started by Arjuna on Jul 20, 2021 11:30:20 AM
Firefighters rescue cat stuck up tree for a week

A FOUR-legged feline was rescued from a tree by firefighters - after being stuck at the top for a week.

Taking time out from their usual duties in battling emergency fires and dealing road accidents, a crew from Dearne fire station were called out to Wentworth to assist the RSPCA with their task to rescue the cat

https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,fi
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Agaliarept - 20 Jul 2021 11:45:08 (#1 of 34)

Taking time out from their usual duties

How is getting cats out of trees not considered 'usual duties'? Who normally gets cats out of trees?

SatelliteOne - 20 Jul 2021 11:48:29 (#2 of 34)

Agreed, it's a British cliche that rescuing tree-stranded cats is a vital service of the Fire Brigade.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 20 Jul 2021 11:49:02 (#3 of 34)

This may not translate to the UK, but the following story from Massachusetts indicates that firefighters do not have duty to remove cats from trees, and they don't have any special equipment with which to attempt a rescue.

"The chief explained to selectmen that firefighters can't get animals out of trees for safety reasons. The department's ladder truck can't go between branches without damaging the ladder. Also, the department doesn't have a special ground ladder that reaches any higher than anything a homeowner would possess.

"It's not something we're equipped to do," he told selectmen. "Our equipment is specifically for fighting fires in dwellings and things of that nature."

https://www.firerescue1.com/animal-rescue/articles/firefighter-reprimanded-for-response-to-woman-who-reported-cat-in-tree-SaePFbyNHz6HBhTN/

thisonehasalittlehat - 20 Jul 2021 11:53:15 (#4 of 34)

Agreed, it's a British cliche that rescuing tree-stranded cats is a vital service of the Fire Brigade.

It's because we don't have guns.

mingmong - 20 Jul 2021 11:53:19 (#5 of 34)

-5 pts

Agaliarept - 20 Jul 2021 11:53:44 (#6 of 34)

That sounds like Massachusetts has a dog person in charge of their fire service.

The chief explained to selectmen that firefighters can't get animals out of trees for safety reasons.

Yep, trees much more dangerous than fires.

The department's ladder truck can't go between branches without damaging the ladder.

Because the ladder is made of wet toilet paper? How is it not damaged leaning up against buildings if twigs do it in?

Also, the department doesn't have a special ground ladder that reaches any higher than anything a homeowner would possess.

Uhhh....get one?

"It's not something we're equipped to do,

See above.

Our equipment is specifically for fighting fires in dwellings and things of that nature.

So how does cutting people out of cars in RTAs fit into that?

Arjuna - 20 Jul 2021 11:55:27 (#7 of 34)

"A cat climbed high up into a tree," the department said on its Facebook page. The cat’s "owner was so concerned for the feline that he climbed up to attempt a rescue. Unfortunately, they both found themselves in a dangerous predicament high above the ground, unable to get down safely."

https://www.fox13news.com/news/rescue-attempt-leaves-cat-and-owner-stuck-in-tree

rearranged - 20 Jul 2021 11:56:58 (#8 of 34)

Because the ladder is made of wet toilet paper? How is it not damaged leaning up against buildings if twigs do it in?

Well quite! If I were a firefighter expected to use a ladder that could be damaged by leaning against a tree I would be kicking up a hell of a fuss.

tasselhoff - 20 Jul 2021 11:57:55 (#9 of 34)

They're scared of cats but won't admit it

thisonehasalittlehat - 20 Jul 2021 11:59:58 (#10 of 34)

I don't pay my taxes so that firefighters can rescue cats from trees. I pay my taxes so they can dig out dogs from drains. Ffs.

DesEsseintes - 20 Jul 2021 12:03:31 (#11 of 34)

It's very pretty, Wentworth.

tasselhoff - 20 Jul 2021 12:03:52 (#12 of 34)

The French pompiers can no longer be called out to remove wasps'/hornets'/bees' nests. I think it was due to Big Pest Control.

thisonehasalittlehat - 20 Jul 2021 12:03:56 (#13 of 34)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwvOyZB4qQ

elderberry - 20 Jul 2021 12:04:59 (#14 of 34)

In 1982, when Emily Grey climbed a tree and wouldn't come down for a week, the fire service were very firm that their ladders were for rescuing human beings only. Which is fair enough. This is the same fire service that charges you €200 for a chimney fire call out unless you can prove you have the chimney swept regularly.

Millie became reconciled to the new kitten once she'd made her point.

cozzer - 20 Jul 2021 12:06:55 (#15 of 34)

So how does cutting people out of cars in RTAs fit into that?

Are you suggesting they should have used their car-cutting equipment to effect the rescue of this cat?

moto748 - 20 Jul 2021 12:06:57 (#16 of 34)

This is the same fire service that charges you €200 for a chimney fire call out unless you can prove you have the chimney swept regularly.

What's wrong with that? Seems fair enough to me.

cozzer - 20 Jul 2021 12:07:51 (#17 of 34)

dealing road accidents

That sounds a bit sinister, I'm not sure anyone, least of all the fire service, should be doing that.

I am glad we established the number of limbs possessed by the cat, though.

elderberry - 20 Jul 2021 12:08:38 (#18 of 34)

#16 Not only fair enough, it has almost stopped chimney fires from being a thing, much to the relief of neighbours. I wasn't objecting to a rescue service trying to promote safe practice.

thisonehasalittlehat - 20 Jul 2021 12:11:26 (#19 of 34)

So my question here is why they abseiled down a 10ft drop when they had a ladder (seen at end)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ8DyIkC-SU

thisonehasalittlehat - 20 Jul 2021 12:15:01 (#20 of 34)

THis is why cat's don't need rescuing form trees, and it's not because they're stupid as may first appear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmLOy3N2OS8

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