Greenbank firefighters rescue two horses trapped in dams in three weeks

UPDATE: August 28

THE 20-year-old horse, Merlot, suffered a seizure and was euthanised hours after Greenbank Rural firefighters came to his rescue.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services rescued a thirsty horse trapped in a dam for one hour on a Cedar Vale property this afternoon.

RESCUE: A 20-year-old horse was rescued after it was trapped in a dam in Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

RESCUE: A 20-year-old horse was rescued after it was trapped in a dam in Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

Greenbank Rural firefighters arrived at the property at 12pm on August 27 with their new "Greenbank 81 truck".

The vehicle is fitted with a crane and designed to rescue large animals weighing between 500 and 900 kilograms.

First officer Fabian Stangherlin said firefighters used a number of techniques to lift the 20-year-old horse from the dam.

 A 20-year-old horse was rescued after it was trapped in a dam in Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

A 20-year-old horse was rescued after it was trapped in a dam in Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

The horse, which belonged to the owner of a neighbouring property, was in good condition, and released two hours after firefighters arrived.

Mr Stangherlin said firefighters rescued a different horse three weeks ago, trapped in a Jimboomba dam on Davidson Road.

"Due to the lack of rain and dams being dry people need to make sure they provide ample water for animals to access evenly," Mr Stangherlin said.

Greenbank Rural Firefighters used their new animal rescue truck at Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

Greenbank Rural Firefighters used their new animal rescue truck at Cedar Vale this afternoon. Photo: Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford will visit the Greenbank Rural Fire Station on September 30 to celebrate the official handover of the Greenbank 81 animal rescue vehicle.

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