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Hickory Flat Fire Dept.
March 06, 2004
Rescue of a horse from a swimming pool
The horse aparently tried to walk on the pool cover, and fell through into about 4 feet of water at the deep end of the pool. The family and Animal Control had tried to get the horse to climb up to the shallow end, but it was too slippery.
Upon arrival, the firemen sent for a pump to drain the pool, then began to discuss alternate methods, plus calling for a large wrecker and the Rope Team. In the mean time, a large rubber mat was placed on the slope to provide footing. It quickly slipped into the pool.
The team then brought in 4 mats, lashed them together into one long mat, and secured the end with a rope. The horse was then able to climb to the shallow end, but was unable to climb the steps. The family covered to horse with blankets to help warm him after several hours in the water.
A team from Mauldin Body Shop, including several personnel from other haulers attending a class with Mr. Weaver, arrived along with a veternarian to administer a seditive to keep the horse calm. Then with two major straps, he was lifted out of the pool to safety.
This all sounds simple, but the effort took over 2 hours, and lots of ideas from various personnel on the scene. Everyone is to be congratulated for professional conduct and good, solid thinking in safely removing the horse from the pool.
"345 On The Scene!"
Moving two large mats into place
Ready to try climbing the slope
Churning the water as the mats slip
The family calms the horse
Four mats are lashed together and secured
The horse climbs the slope