Five fire engines were called out in Suffolk yesterday to rescue a cat from a roof in Leiston. While firefighters from Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe and Bungay were heading to the scene a local fireman got a ladder, climbed up and rescued the cat. It ran away as soon as they reached the ground.
It seems that the turnout was required by some working at height rules. The guidelines also, apparently, allow firefighters to work temporarily from the top of a ladder.
There are, of course, outraged comments about the “waste of taxpayers’ money” in the story in the East Anglian Daily Times. Red faces at fire HQ too, no doubt.