Multiple agencies were responded to reports of a horse in a dam in Western Sydney. Crews arrived to find an old horse well and truly in a steep dam and unable to get out. The horse was sedated by a local vet and all agencies assisted in the rescue effort, which took over an hour to complete.

The horse was harnessed in a sling, then a glide placed on the embankment and under the horse. Using a large hauling party, the horse was then slid up the embankment to a safe area to undergo medical assessment. Throughout the operation a vet monitored the horse, providing sedatives to keep the horse stable. The owner of the horse entered the water with the animal and was instrumental in keeping the horse calm for the duration of the incident.

Firefighters from 63 Blacktown recently underwent large animal rescue training and this is the second similar incident they have attended in the last few weeks. The old horse was standing up and in a stable condition when crews left.

Agencies in attendance : FRNSW Rescue Pumper 63 and Heavy Rescue 63 (Blacktown), Pumper 14 (Ashfield) moved up to 97 (Huntingwood). NSW RFS Marsden Park 1, Londonderry 1B and Cumberland Flyer. SES Hawkesbury 44.

Photos by Connor Lambert.

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