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Two cats stuck on Kingsway roof rescued by fire crews

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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TWO cats got stuck on a roof and had to be rescued by two fire crews.

Firefighters were called by the RSPCA on Monday at 11.11am to say that two cats had become stuck on the roof of a private house on the Kingsway estate.

Firefighters from Gloucester South fire station were sent out to rescue the four-legged friends.

Upon arrival, crews rescued one of the cats from the roof and the animal was uninjured. Crews requested the aerial ladder platform from Gloucester North fire station to rescue the second cat as the animal had resisted attempts to be rescued but was eventually brought to safety. It took one hour.

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  • Hadagmaja  |  April 30 2014, 12:52AM

    Jas37 - all public services have had to make budget cuts over the last 6+ years at the very least. In 2012 it was reported the services had to save £30 million. Any public service, such as the fire brigade, have to report on how their resources were used. This means each call out is coded to a specific budget code. There is a price for everything. The firebrigade will code things out to specific budgets in order to forecast budgets for the coming years. I work in the NHS and everything goes to budget codes. A c-section costs around £3500, the surgeons time, scrub team, cost of the sterile equipment is all charged to specific budgets. Yes the surgeon still gets paid, but it enables teams to forecasts for budgets. It wasn't so long ago that a number of fire & rescue services announced that they were going to charge people, i.e. the ones who needed their services, for attending non-emergency call-outs. To quote one service "Anyone dialling 999, and requesting a service for a non life-threatening situation, will be informed that they will be expected to cover the call-out and attendance costs. This will start at £412.80 an hour per appliance or specialist vehicle, including VAT." Personally I don't think ALL animal rescues should be chargeable back to the owner or farmer. An escaped bull is a public safety risk, clearly negating the need for an emergency call out. But I think there probably are situations where it might be perfectly acceptable to charge. To winch out a horse stuck mud must cost a fortune. Not that it means that the horse shouldn't be rescued, but not everything is free in this world. The Tory government has cue budgets to every single public service - social housing, NHS, education, social services, refuse collection, highways, you name it! It's not about making a profit, it's about recouping some of the money so that they can continue to offer the services!

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  • jas37  |  April 29 2014, 9:21PM

    Hadagmaja, who is the "they" that should pay for the rescue. Are you expecting the cat to pay, are you also suggesting that the Fire Service should be aiming to make a profit on Animal rescues?

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  • Hadagmaja  |  April 29 2014, 8:51PM

    What would have happened if they were needed at a real emergency though? Would they have left the cats to attend, or would another crew, possibly from another station, have had to attend. I personally know of someone who was charged a fee after driving his car into a ditch. Yes, they would have been on duty anyway, but in a time of austerity, I would imagine they would be charged for the rescue of the cats.

  • jas37  |  April 28 2014, 9:33PM

    Mikehibby, Who paid for what exactly, are you referring to the Diesel for the vehicles as the Fireman would have already been on duty at the time.

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