Rugby Mayor visits WFRS to celebrate launch of new Large Animal Rescue Unit!

Cllr Tom Mahoney, the new Mayor of Rugby, recently visited Rugby Fire Station to present crews with a ‘Simple Thank You’ certificate and launch Warwickshire Fire and Rescue’s brand new Large Animal Rescue unit.

The certificate recognises everything our crews do to help keep Warwickshire safe, not just dealing with fires, including rescuing trapped motorists, inspecting premises for fire safety and providing fire safety advice to Warwickshire residents. The mayor also congratulated crews on the work undertake to rescue those who get into difficulty in Warwickshire’s waterways.

Rugby’s new Large Animal Rescue unit is a new purpose-built vehicle designed to rescue animals from the water, vehicle collisions and other incidents.The equipment features lifting and cutting gear, as well as boards to support animals on unstable grounds. It replaces old equipment and means that crews are able to use a single vehicle, rather than two to three, in order to carry out animal rescue operations. In terms of features, the vehicle can accommodate a crew of four and has off-road drive capabilities. It also contains compartments to allow rescue equipment to be transported safely as well as a low centre of gravity to prevent the vehicle from rolling over.

The Rugby Mayor described the Rugby fire service as a ‘credit to our community”.

Cllr Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said:

“We were delighted to welcome Cllr Tom Mahoney, the new Mayor of Rugby to the station and are very grateful for the recognition received.

“The mayor took a keen interest in learning about the work we do and was given a in-depth look at the Large Animal Rescue unit which will enable crews to carry out animal rescue operations more effectively. This means we are able to continue our vital work in making Warwickshire’s communities safer.”

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