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Thread: RSPCA and Fire Brigade madness!

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    RSPCA and Fire Brigade madness!

    Having been for Sunday lunch with the inlaws today I was told by my father inlaw of Friday nights goings on down their street.

    A jackdaw was caught up in some protective netting to stop pigeons landing on a stone buildings window sills. A local resident had had the bright idea to ring the RSPCA for advise as to what to do about it. So, RSPCA warden turns up and decides best course of action is to bring a local fire unit out a get it down. Ok, now first fire engine turns up and their ladders are too short, so they call for back up - the turn table ladders from 25 miles away. But they can't turn out without being escorted by a back up appliance, so turn table + appliance arrive to join the unit that's already there.

    An hour after turning up they closed the road, set up and rescued the poor little jackdaw. Which the RSPCA officer was handed, gave a quick check over and released.

    God only knows how much that must have cost us tax payers - for one bl**dy Jackdaw!
    I'm telling Captain - from the Wee'est of men.

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    back charge the RSPCA ? I BLOODYWELL WOULD HAVE IF THIS WAS MY SERVICE?

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    Seen the exact same thing in my town but with a pigeon only difference in our case is that they closed one of the main roads in to the town for an hour to rescue said pigeon

    Firefighters called to rescue pigeon on Anglia TV building in Norwich - News - Eastern Daily Press

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    why didnt you say..............I would have brought the 410 and finished the job for the cost of the shell

    sorry been drinking a bottle of wine
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    If I had been on that turnout and on the ladder, their would have been the sound eerk!! quickly followed by the comment
    we'r to late hes dead Jim lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    why didnt you say..............I would have brought the 410 and finished the job for the cost of the shell

    sorry been drinking a bottle of wine
    I would so have offered the same service, but if they wanted less noise would have used the airgun.

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    It is mad, but i would imagine that the fire services need to keep current using bits of kit so it probably (pardon the pun) killed two birds with one stone. They got some currency training out of it and a bit of PR with the cuddly bunny brigade. I hope this is the case as im sure if i didnt need to turn out to rescue a jackdaw then i wouldnt, knowing the cost and implications of it..

    We used to have to do currency training when working with the CG so instead of doing it on a random boat, we would liaise with a charter fishing boat or the likes, use it for training if it was out at sea, take some pics (as part of the training) and offer them to the boat in exchange for a donation to the local RNLI.

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    Your right it is mainly "PR with the cuddly bunny brigade" because the training value was pretty limited. It used to really annoy me getting called out by the RSPCA to attend silly incidents like this when I was in the service when very often a quicker easier solution was to hand. That topped off with sending numerous appliances because rigid safety based protocals demmanded a multiple attendance based on worst case scenario makes the service look stupid and wasteful in the eyes of the public.

    We regularly got called to horses in reens caused by lazy owners who couldn't be bothered to fence their fields. Some of these reens are 15 foot deep and 20 foot across. I kid you not the full attendance for such a water rescue involved a total of five appliances, two boats and 23 personnel. It also involved taking all three water ladders in a large town out of play for some two hours and covering appliances from surrounding areas being mobilised in some cases calling in retained personnell with additional payments involved. On one occasion two of us in the rescue tender happened to be in the area quickly hobbled the horse and winched it out the reen long before the rest of the circus turned up. Just showing how much of an overkill the normal attendance was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingfisherman View Post
    It is mad, but i would imagine that the fire services need to keep current using bits of kit so it probably (pardon the pun) killed two birds with one stone. They got some currency training out of it and a bit of PR with the cuddly bunny brigade.
    There's a church near where I live that phone the brigade whenever one of the high-level bulbs in the internal floodlights go. They love coming out for ladder practice ! Everyone wins, the guys do some training and the church gets the bulb changed without sending some unwilling pensioner up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baconbuttie View Post
    There's a church near where I live that phone the brigade whenever one of the high-level bulbs in the internal floodlights go. They love coming out for ladder practice ! Everyone wins, the guys do some training and the church gets the bulb changed without sending some unwilling pensioner up.
    Would that be a little rural retained (part time) station by any chance?
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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