WGFC Involved in Horse Rescue
After being washed, dried and warmed with blankets, the horse rests and recovers.
After being washed, dried and warmed with blankets, the horse rests and recovers.
 
Utility 36, Rescue 36, and the special-call trailer for animal rescue assisted the WGFC on this call.
Utility 36, Rescue 36, and the special-call trailer for animal rescue assisted the WGFC on this call.
 
Station 36 (Unionville) maintains and responds with a specialty trailer for animal rescues of this type.
Station 36 (Unionville) maintains and responds with a specialty trailer for animal rescues of this type.
 
Crews steady the horse as it slowly recovers from hours in the mud on its side.
Crews steady the horse as it slowly recovers from hours in the mud on its side.
 
WGFC President Simpson calms the horse and provides needed nourishment after the long ordeal.
WGFC President Simpson calms the horse and provides needed nourishment after the long ordeal.
 
Crews work to clean the horse after it was lifted to its feet.
Crews work to clean the horse after it was lifted to its feet.
 
A large group of WGFC firefighters observe the operation.
A large group of WGFC firefighters observe the operation.
 
After removal from the muddy field, the horse is allowed to rest while crews ready to try and get the animal on its feet.
After removal from the muddy field, the horse is allowed to rest while crews ready to try and get the animal on its feet.
 
Ropes were used to pull the horse to a better location to get it on its feet.
Ropes were used to pull the horse to a better location to get it on its feet.
 
WGFC crews pull a horse trapped in mud from the field as the rescue operation is underway.
WGFC crews pull a horse trapped in mud from the field as the rescue operation is underway.
 
Crews work to assist a horse to its feet after being stuck in the mud.
Crews work to assist a horse to its feet after being stuck in the mud.
 
West Grove Fire Company Crews calm a horse stuck in the mud during a two hour incident in Penn Township.
West Grove Fire Company Crews calm a horse stuck in the mud during a two hour incident in Penn Township.
 
Crews work to free the horse.
Crews work to free the horse.
 
 
By Secretary Bill Wohl
December 22, 2018
 

On a cold and windy Saturday, the West Grove Fire Company was dispatched to Pusey Mill Road in Penn Township to assist with rescuing a horse trapped in the mud. The farmer had discovered the horse on its side, stuck in very deep mud and muck from the recent rains. While it wasn't clear how long the horse had been there on its side and struggling, the assumption was that it had been there for several hours.

Rescue 22, Ladder 22, Brush 22, Utility 22, Engine 22-3, and the WGFC ambulances responded to the scene. Chief 22 added the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company (Station 36) out of Unionville, as they have a regional animal rescue trailer equipped for these kinds of emergencies.

Arriving units found a horse lying on its side in the mud, shivering in the cold conditions, and unable to get itself to its feet under its own power. More than 20 firefighters worked to support this operation with hay used in an attempt to provide stable footing. On arrival of Utility 36 and Rescue 36, special animal slings were added to ropes being used by the WGFC crews. The horse was first dragged out of the muddy area to more stable ground, then teams made multiple attempts to get the horse on its own legs -- which ultimately happened after nearly an hour of effort (assisted by local farmers and a veterinarian).

The horse was hosed down, dried and put under blankets. The horse was eating and resting upon the departure of WGFC and Station 36 crews, after about two hours on scene.

Our thanks to the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company of Unionville for their assistance on this call.

 
Units: Ladder 22, Rescue 22, Engine 22-3, Brush 22, Utility 22, Ambulances A & B
 
Mutual Aid: Utility 36 and Rescue 36