Shropshire firefighters showed off their animal rescue skills live on BBC television this morning.
BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Lloyd was with the animal rescue team based at Wellington Fire Station, where the cameras were rolling today.
She reported how the demands for the animal rescue team, formed a few years ago, were growing from farmers and horseriders whose animals get into difficulty.
Other fire services across the UK were now also setting up similar animal rescue teams.
Rob Sheppard told how animals can be highly strung and react after an incident.
“Fire crews knowing how an animal behaves can make their job a lot easier.”
The report aired on national breakfast TV told how Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was called recently to rescue a horse which had fallen into a ditch. The horse owner spoke how firefighters did “an amazing job” to rescue the pet horse and without their skills it could have been a different story.