Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Animal Rescue, Dromore, Co. Tyrone

Date, Time: 28 December 2018, 8.03am
Location: Lakemount Road, Dromore, Co. Tyrone

At 8.03am on Friday 28th December, Firefighters were called to an incident involving three cows trapped in a slurry pit at a farm on Lakemount Road, Dromore.


NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station, the Specialist Rescue Team from Central Fire Station and Appliances from Dromore, Fintona and Irvinestown Fire Stations attended the incident.


Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used rescue lines to pull the animals free from the slurry pit.  Gas monitors were used throughout the incident to continually monitor gas levels from the slurry. Three cows were rescued from the slurry pit, the incident was dealt with at 10.30am.


Farm animals in distress can pose a serious risk to the farmer or anyone else attempting to rescue them.  Slurry incidents in particular pose their own serious risks given the dangerous gases that can be present in slurry. We would advise farmers not to attempt to rescue animals in these situations and to call 999 for assistance.

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