Fire brigade dealing with weekly call outs to lift obese people

© Michaelpuche | Dreamstime.com - Fire Service. Photo-2The London Fire Brigade is called to helps lift a severely obese person in their home at least once a week.

Data published by the brigade for the past three financial years shows that fire officers were involved in more than 200 incidents which are referred to as assisting bariatric people.

This type of incident is not formally recorded by the LFB but classified as ‘other services’, as are animal rescues.  They are identified by the call information and messages transmitted during the incidents.

The numbers for the past three financial years are consistent and fairly evening spread across London.  The largest number of incidents was recorded in Croydon.

The majority of calls came from the Ambulance Service who needed help to deal with someone who was too heavy to lift.   In other incidents fire officers have rescued a person who became wedged in a bath and others trapped in cars or buses.

In a small number of call outs fire officers have helped lift people in hospitals and nursing homes.

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cat on wall-2Over the past 3 years the London Fire Brigade has been called out 1,700 times to rescue animals.

Many of the call outs were to proverbial ‘cat up a tree’ incidents, and rescuing cats made up around half the calls.  A number had become trapped on a roof.  The data does not reveal if they were hot tin ones.

Among the more bizarre incidents include a snake on the roof of the Regent’s Park mosque, a squirrel stuck in a satellite dish in Wandsworth and a budgie in Upper Norwood that had to be rescued from a ‘precarious position’.

The data for the financial years 2012-15 shows that while domestic pets including cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters, make up most of the incidents the service is has also been involved in helping larger animals, including horses, ponies and cows. Wildlife has also been given a helping hand with trapped foxes saved and many birds freed from netting.

The London Fire Brigade estimates that animal rescues cost more than £150,000 a year and suggest that people first contact the RSPCA if they need help.

The data shows that a number of incidents involved the fire service subsequently being called in to assist RSPCA officers.

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