Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service; by its very nature as an emergency service, becomes involved with a number and variety of animal rescues. A number of these rescues are from mine shafts and other underground workings associated with the heritage and past industry of Cornwall. Calls for assistance are initially channelled through the Service's Critical Control Centre at Service Headquarters in Tolvaddon, where a Critical Control Operator determines from the caller the detail and location of the incident.

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Dependant on the information relayed, Critical Control and the emergency service will respond in a way that meets the needs of the particular circumstances. This response may vary from the mobilising of service resources to diverting the call or caller to another agency e.g. RSPCA etc.

In the event that service resources are to be utilised in a rescue, it is CFRCS Service policy, that the charging and the recovery of costs associated with it are made at the discretion of the Officer-in-Charge of the incident. If a charge is raised, it is calculated in the same way as for the provision of other non-statutory and/or non-emergency services.

As stated previously, service resources utilised in a rescue vary and are dependant on the circumstances of the particular incident. The resources involved can range from the attendance of one Officer acting in an advisory role, through to the attendance of up to 3 vehicles and 18 firefighters attending a major rescue; such as a horse falling down a wet and/or deep mine shaft. In the latter example, one of the vehicles deployed to the incident would be the nearest of the Service's specialist Rescue Tenders. 

As mentioned earlier, animal rescues fall into a number of categories, which attract varying responses from the Service.

The table below provides some details, but these circumstances and responses are not exhaustive:

Type of RescueDangerAction
Rescue above ground No immediate danger Caller referred to the RSPCA in the first instance
Rescue below ground In immediate danger Cornwall FRS will mobilise Officer and its own rescue team
Dry Shaft/Tunnel etc No immediate danger Cornwall FRS will mobilise Officer to assess
In immediate danger Cornwall FRS will mobilise Officer and its own rescue team
Rescue below ground:
Wet Shaft/Tunnel etc
All cases Cornwall FRS will mobilise Officer and its own rescue team
Cliff rescue: All cases Call is transferred to H.M. Coastguard
RSPCA request: All cases Cornwall FRS will mobilise its own rescue team and/or an Officer
Coastguard request: All cases Cornwall FRS will mobilise its own rescue team and/or an Officer
Police request: All cases Cornwall FRS will mobilise its own rescue team and/or an Officer