Praise for Sandy company after firefighters lead horse rescue operation

Kempston firefighters – who are trained to rescue large animals – led the operation to save a horse

Kempston firefighters – who are trained to rescue large animals – led the operation to save a horse which became trapped in a ditch in Sandy. Picture: Beds Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

A Sandy company was among those praised for its part in rescuing a horse which became trapped in a ditch in the town.

A number of parties were involved in the horse rescue operation, including Sandy firm Copart which a

A number of parties were involved in the horse rescue operation, including Sandy firm Copart which assisted using a telescopic handler which can be seen in the background. Picture: Beds Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

Fire crews from Sandy and Kempston stations were called out on Friday morning after a horse had slipped into a ditch in Georgetown and was unable to get itself out.

Members of the Kempston crew – who are trained to rescue large animals – led the operation, with the RSPCA and a vet also called to help with sedation.

But vehicle salvage company Copart – which is based in Georgetown Road – played its part too, using a telescopic handler machine to assist in the rescue.

The horse was safely set free and returned to a nearby field none the worse for its adventure.


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Station Commander Derek Hobbs from Beds Fire and Rescue Service was at the scene and praised the crews for their swift response.

He said: “These situations are always tricky but fortunately our crew is specially trained to do this and we had the support of the RSPCA and a vet to ensure that the animal was safe and calm and we were able to perform the rescue quickly. A big thanks also to local company Copart of Sandy who assisted with the rescue using a telescopic handler.”

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