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Horse Rescue

The Dover Fire Dept. posted a large animal rescue on March 27th.  Below is the statement the department posted along with a bunch of photos from the rescue.  A drone was also in the air during the rescue by the State Fire School and we are trying to locate that video.  Strong work by the Dover Fire Department and all others who assisted!

From the Dover Fire Dept. Facebook page:

This afternoon around 3:00 pm, the Dover Fire Dept was alerted for a horse stuck in the mud at a farm on Nault Rd. The Large Animal Rescue Team as well as the Kent County Special Operations Team was immediately requested. Initial units on scene found a large draft horse partially submerged in the mud. The farmer relayed the animal had been in the mud for approximately 30 minutes. An equine veterinarian was also requested. As specialized units arrived on scene, the area around the animal was shored to provide a work area. Special equipment was utilized to lift the animal and place shoring underneath. After an almost two hour ordeal, the animal was able to walk out of the pasture under its own power. Special thanks go out to all the members of the Special Ops and Large Animal Rescue Teams. They were paramount in the successful outcome of this rescue. We would also like to thank the Brenford Animal Hospital P A for their response to the scene. It was later reported by the Vet that the horse was finally warm and resting comfortably and was expected to make a full recovery.

 

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Other Large Animal Rescues

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Heavy Rescue

Large Animal Rescue

Working with their past experince, the Patterson Fire Department’s completed their 4th horse rescue in the past several years.

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Horse Rescue

Per the post from the Patterson Fire Department’s Facebook page:

At 0732, 25th of August 2021, the Patterson fire department was dispatched for a public assist to a local farm. Patterson’s heavy rescue, 22-6-1, arrived on scene and found a 31-year-old male horse, named “Dozer”, in distress. He had apparently fallen and managed to get himself stuck between a rock and a fence line. At first, the crew attempted to assist the horse in getting up by shifting his position. It became apparent that additional equipment was going to be needed to help Dozer out since he had become too exhausted to get up on his own. After some discussion, it was established that the best plan of action was to use a Paratech bipod system. It would be used as an artificial high directional with TU-32 griphoist’s assistance to lift the horse up. With a lot of sweat and effort, the crew was able to lift the horse up onto his feet. After some much-needed fluids and rest, we were happy to see Dozer trot away, unassisted.

An interesting fact, this is Patterson Fire Department’s 4th horse rescue in the past several years, all with successful outcomes.

Photos below from Andrew Akin

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Techniques

Outside the Box Anchor

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Outside the Box Anchor

In the pictures below a Paratech base plate is used with pickets as an anchor point on soil/grass.  The picket ratings currently used date back decades and are for loamy soil. A single picket is rated at 700 pounds, a two-picket system is 1400 pounds and a three-picket system is 2000 pounds. The angle is always the biggest issue as well as consistent depth and alignment.

A Paratech hinged 12″ Base plate W/Anchor Ring has eight (8) holes to accept 1” (2.5 cm) pickets. The built-in anchor ring absorbs more than 2 tons with a 4:1 safety factor. It is easy to use as a fixed point.

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Lifting & stabilization training

Checkout this training from Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. and make sure you follow their Facebook page!

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Checkout this training from Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC. and make sure you follow their Facebook page! Students included members from Suffield, Windsor Locks, Enfield, and CT ANG Fire Departments taking part in a day of lifting & stabilization training. In the pictures below, are students utilizing their Paratech Struts & Hydrafusions to stabilize, lift, and capture the tree to create space for extrication.

 

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