Jennifer Woods

Bra comes in handy for Metchosin firefighters

A woman’s undergarment, wire cutters and quick thinking saved a panicking horse in Metchosin on Wednesday.

A woman’s undergarment, wire cutters and quick thinking saved a panicking horse in Metchosin on Wednesday.

Metchosin firefighters helped rescue a horse that became entangled chicken wire, said Metchosin fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. “The fencing was flimsy. The horse tried to jump over it and fell,” Dunlop said. “It got tangled up.”

Fortunately the firefighters knew exactly what tool they’d need – a bra, which isn’t yet part of the firefighter’s rescue kit, but will be soon. A resident of the Neild Road home was able to supply one of hers.

As the animal thrashed on the ground, the firefighters placed bra over its eyes to act as a blinder. “The horse calmed down right away,” Dunlop said.

Once the horse settled down, the firefighters cut away the fencing and the animal stood up. While firefighters are not animal specialists, the horse appeared to be fine, Dunlop said.

Metchosin volunteer firefighters learned the bra technique only a few weeks ago after the department hosted a large animal rescue course. The firefighters who who attended the Neild Road incident learned the technique at an earlier course in Duncan in June.

The Metchosin fire department is currently compiling a large animal rescue kit that will include a 40 inch B-cup bra for horse related incidents.


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