Honey Brook Farm Animal Rescue
 
By Lieutenant Christopher Eno
August 14, 2018
 

At 7:30 PM on the evening of Tuesday, August 14, the Honey Brook Fire Company (Station 33) was alerted to respond to a farm in the 900 block of Compass Road in Honey Brook Township to assist in a farm animal rescue.

On response, Rescue 33 requested that Ambulance 189 respond as well, due to potential dangers involved in the operation. Ambulance 189-1 made the response.

On arrival, units found a dairy cow that had wandered through a gate and fell into a manure pit. The pit was approximately 10-12 feet deep and was filled to the top with manure and other agricultural waste. The cow was pulled to and secured to the side of the pit until she could safely be removed from the pit.

The County Animal Response Team (CART) was also requested to the scene. The CART equipment is stationed at the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company (Station 36) in Unionville. The team made the response and arrived 27 minutes later.

A Pettibone Forklift was brought to the scene from a neighboring farm. Utilizing the Pettibone and straps and other specialized equipment from the CART's response trailer, the cow was successfully and safely rescued from the pit and was removed to the barn.

Once all equipment and responders were cleaned, the responding units all returned to their respective stations. Units cleared the scene around 9 PM.

 
Units: Ambulance 189-1
 
Mutual Aid: Engine 33-1, Rescue 33 (Honey Brook); Rescue 36, Utility 36, LAR Trailer 36 (Po-Mar-Lin of Unionville)
 
Hyperlinks: Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company website story
Honey Brook Fire Company website story
 
The cow was secured to the side of the manure pit until the arrival of the Animal Response Team, and she could be safely removed.
The cow was secured to the side of the manure pit until the arrival of the Animal Response Team, and she could be safely removed.
The skid loader is being moved into place
The skid loader is being moved into place
 
The lifting operation is begun
The lifting operation is begun
The cow is being pulled from the pit
The cow is being pulled from the pit
 
The cow is successfully removed from the pit.
The cow is successfully removed from the pit.
Straps are removed from the cow before she is taken back to the barn.
Straps are removed from the cow before she is taken back to the barn.
 
Utility 36 pulled the animal rescue trailer to the scene
Utility 36 pulled the animal rescue trailer to the scene
Engine 33-1 & Rescue 36
Engine 33-1 & Rescue 36
 
Ambulance 189-1 staging in front of the barn.
Ambulance 189-1 staging in front of the barn.
Equipment is cleaned and returned to service.
Equipment is cleaned and returned to service.
 
Rescue 33
Rescue 33
The local Animal Rescue trailer is housed at the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company in Unionville
The local Animal Rescue trailer is housed at the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company in Unionville