25 firemen rush to rescue one cat in Britain

April 6th, 2011 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 6 (IANS) Some 25 firemen and five fire engines were pressed into service to rescue a cat in Britain, a media report said Wednesday.

The cat was perched on a two-storey house in Leiston, Suffolk, when the fire crews were dispatched to rescue it Tuesday.

Firefighters’ union leaders branded the response ‘crazy and overkill’, the Daily Mail reported on its website.

But the Suffolk Fire Service crews were turned back within minutes when a local firefighter from Leiston climbed a ladder and rescued the cat - which ran off unscathed.

A spokesman for campaign group The Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “It’s ridiculous that five fire crews were sent out to rescue one cat.”

“It’s almost laughable but wasting resources is bad news for taxpayers and others who might have needed to be rescued, so it’s not funny.”

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said it had been called by the RSPCA, an animal welfare organisation, to help and the reaction was in line with national regulations.

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