Three fire engines rescue wet squirrel
Fire chiefs have been slammed after sending three engines to rescue a squirrel that became trapped on an island in a pond.
At least seven firefighters with two ladders helped to rescue the squirrel, in Watford town centre, after a resident called to say it had fallen in.
The fire crews laid a ladder between the pavement and the island in an attempt to persuade the squirrel to crawl its way back to safety.
The rodent ended up in the water again, but it managed to swim to the ladder and climb up the rungs to reach dry land, bedraggled but apparently none the worse for its ordeal.
Steven Giles-Medhurst, a local Lib-Dem county councillor, questioned why it was necessary to send such a large response to rescue a wild animal.
"On the face of it three fire engines for a squirrel sounds excessive, and maybe questions should be asked as to why there were so many," he said.
Shopper Emily Sharman, 39, from Watford, added: "I saw the fire engines arrive and thought there must be a big fire somewhere.
"I couldn't believe it when I heard they were going to rescue a squirrel. I was surprised they sent so many firemen for a squirrel."
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue said: "The first call we received about this indicated that people were in the water.
"Had it been made clear to us during the first 999 call that no one was in the water, we would have left the squirrel to the RSPCA."
what do you think?
Why did they continue the rescue when they realised it was only a grey squirrel. Would they have saved a rat? Both are vermin!
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i,m glad they sent a rescue ream for the squirrel, as for vermin, well i can think of plenty of two legged vermin i would leave in the water!
Blasting that tree dwelling vermin to oblivion with a high pressure hose would have been a far more sensible thing to have done. You should have seen the damage that was done to the electrics in my loft by a pair of those wretched animals...
My sister's loft was ruined too- terrible damage done , everything shredded and wires chewed! Too much ventilation under the eaves allowed them an open door and a wee snug place for the winter. Still like them though and think these small acts of kindness do reflect well on us
Three fire engines and plural "crews" to lay a ladder across... It does sound extreme.
Thats Nuts ! Looking at the gap I would say the squirrel could jump back to the path from the island.