Equine students at Hadlow College learned first-hand the intricacies rescuing animals can present when Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) recently visited the College.

Equine students at Hadlow College learned first-hand the intricacies rescuing animals can present when Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) visited the College recently.

Firefighters from KFRS’ Animal Rescue Unit came equipped with two fire trucks and a crane, which was used to demonstrate how they rescue larger animals such as horses.

The crew explained to students what happens when they arrive at an animal rescue call, including how they work with vets to ensure the animal has optimal welfare, and to ensure the safety of those involved, during the rescue.

They also showed students the specialist equipment they use, how to secure an animal that is down or stuck in a ditch, and how the students could assist the Animal Rescue Unit in an emergency.

Chloe Challinor, Lecturer in Equine at Hadlow College, said:

“We’d like to say a big thank you to KFRS for coming in to talk and demonstrate their work to all of our equine students today.

“Understanding the role of the fire and rescue teams during an animal rescue is vital so that students feel confident in calling them if they ever find their horses in an emergency situation.

“It was also fantastic for the students to get hands on, providing them with practical learning experiences that will be useful in the equine industry.”

Tony Barnes, a KFRS firefighter and part of the Animal Rescue Unit, said:

“It was great to meet the students and show them the capabilities of the animal rescue unit, which is one of several specialist crews within KFRS.

“We’re there to help in complex or large-scale rescues involving animals, and we often work with external partners such as the RSPCA or vets.

“We know an animal is often a much-loved pet or someone’s livelihood, but we wouldn’t want a member of the public to put themselves at risk, so if you see an animal stuck or in distress and there is an immediate risk to life, call 999 and ask for the fire service.”

Hadlow College offers a range of Equine Management courses, and provides extensive facilities including two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena and stabling for 64 horses.

There is also a complete range of show jumps and cross country fences suitable for students training at Level 3 and above. In addition there is a horse walker, high speed treadmill and an extensive range of practical teaching resources.

Courses range from Level 1 Land Based Studies – Equine to Level 6 BSc (Hons) Equine Training & Management Top Up.

If you are interested in studying Equine Management at Hadlow College, you can find out more on the College’s Equine Management subject page.

By Ed

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