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Firefighters learn how to rescue frightened livestock

January 27, 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters are trained to rescue residents of burning buildings but what if those residents are cows, horses or pigs?

The Illinois fire Service Institute based at the University of Illinois is teaching firefighters called to barn fires how to lead the animals from the burning structures as well as round up livestock after semi wrecks on interstates in its first-ever hands-on training session on Saturday.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that 17 firefighters from around the state attended the session to deal with the unusual but not unheard of calls in which they will be confronted with frightened farm animals.

During the class — offered at the winter fire school institute’s winter fire school — firefighters were shown how to do things like approach and halter, sheep, horses and cows.

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