Firefighters tackle big Ben

Firefighters from Newton Stewart with members of Gallowhill Riding Stables and Ben
Firefighters from Newton Stewart with members of Gallowhill Riding Stables and Ben

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is regularly involved in the rescue of large animals, such as horses and cattle.
Firefighters across Dumfries and Galloway train for this type of incident and recently it was the turn of fire crews from Newton Stewart when they visited Gallowhill Riding Centre located on Penininghame Estate to carry out horse handling training.
Watch Manager Martin White of the Scottish Fire And Rescue Service said, it is essential crews maintain these skills.

Riding centre manager Louise Griffiths allowed local firefighters to practice safe large animal handling techniques in a realistic environment.

A spokesman for the service said: “Engaging with the community and using local venues for training helps firefighters to maintain their high standards which contributes towards firefighter safety and therefore public safety. This type of assistance from members of the community is invaluable and we are very grateful to Louise and her staff for this opportunity. And to Ben the horse!”