IN this day and age, it’s easy to think no one gives a duck, but the firefighters at Maddington Station are here to make our hearts warm.
On Wednesday afternoon, it was a day for ducks – and with the rain about to fall, the situation was dire for seven ducklings stuck in a drain.
Maddington firefighters refused to get in a flap and sent their quack team in to rescue the family.
Crews from Maddington Station faced a challenging confined space rescue today, venturing into a drain to fish out some…ducks? With their panicked mother in a flap nearby, career firefighters managed to rescue 7 ducklings that were stuck in the drain! #DuckDuckCrews 🦆 #PerthNews pic.twitter.com/euX4FrkshF
— DFES (@dfes_wa) August 29, 2018
Senior firefighter at Maddington Station Danny Clements said it was not unusual to be called to an animal rescue.
“You get these sorts of things,” he said.
“We’ve rescued a horse from a dam and cats up trees.
“But ducks are uncommon.”
Mr Clements said when fire crews were called to an animal rescue, it was usually their last hope.
“We get called because there’s usually no other agencies that can help,” he said.
“There’s been times we’ve had to employ urban rescue because they’re deep underground and they’re not going to get out.”
Mr Clements said the water in the drain was still shallow, but with a downpour forecast, it could have filled quickly.
“It would have caused the demise of the little creatures,” he said.
“They were grateful and mum seemed grateful, she hung about and waddled off once we had the whole crew.
“It was a good result and done and dusted quickly.”