Stuck Horse Improves Fire Safety
A horse stuck in a pond highlights fire hazard
Thursday 12 August 2010
A narrow lane, which would have caused fire crews a critical delay in reaching 10 homes, was spotted thanks to a horse becoming stuck in a pond.
The access lane to Bridge Houses, Lancashire, has led fire safety officers to review how they would respond to call-outs in the area.
It came after crews attended to help a horse stuck in a pool at Bridge Houses.
High walls at the bottom corner of the lane and its width, meant fire engine drivers were not able to put a full lock on the steering of the vehicle and had to manouevre back and forth.
Part of the problem was due to a tree at the bottom of the lane, which Hyndburn Borough Council’s tree officer has arranged to be removed using emergency powers following disputes over the ownership of the lane.
Fire engines are now able to negotiate the corner at the bottom of the lane but there would still a delay of two or three minutes, which could be critical in an emergency.