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Cow and horse rescue training for firefighters

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The fire service said animal rescues formed a large part of operations

Firefighters in Devon and Somerset are being trained how to rescue large animals, including cows and horses.

The fire service said this type of rescue formed a significant part of its operations and it has also invested in the purchase of specialist equipment.

Large animal rescue instructors will train specialist rescue teams and basic guidance will be given to all crews.

On Wednesday evening, firefighters rescued two horses from a slurry pit at a farm on the Devon-Somerset border.

Crews from Wellington, Bampton and a rescue tender from Taunton were involved in the rescue at Kytton Barton farm.

The horses were pulled to safety using lines, strops and a tractor. They were examined and passed as fit by a vet.

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