A cat stuck up a tree, a seagull trapped in brambles and a cow stranded in a ditch may not get a free rescue from firefighters in future.
Changes to the Localism Act now allows fire and rescue services to introduce fees and charges to animal rescue jobs – and faulty lift callouts – as long as they consult the public first.
I’m confident that – should they carry out a totally above-board consultation – the overwhelming response will be ‘No, you should not charge for this’…
A spokeswoman from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are considering whether to charge for animal rescues and indeed lift rescues in the future.
“We always recommend that people call a wildlife charity first – not the fire and rescue service.”
And just how are you going to charge for ‘lift rescues’? Expect the poor trapped people to pass a credit card through the gap in the lift doors?