Cleveland firefighters called out 92 times to remove objects from people

Cleveland Fire Brigade's premises in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Fire Brigade's premises in Hartlepool.

Ever needed to call the fire brigade because you’ve lost the keys to your handcuffs, or got a ring stuck on your finger?

Between April 2017 and March 2018, firefighters in Cleveland were called out 92 times to remove objects from people.

The data does not give specific details about incidents, however, the most common reasons are normally removing stuck wedding rings or handcuffs.

On other occasions people have called 999 after getting pinned in toy cars and toilet seats.

Three years ago the London Fire Brigade released a video warning about the dangers of sexual objects, after they were called to remove two sex toys from a man who eventually needed surgery.

Recently released figures from the Home Office show the number of times Cleveland Fire Brigade were called to non-fire incidents over the last financial year.

As well as removing objects from people, the fire brigade are still needed to sometimes remove stranded cats from trees.

Cleveland’s firefighters were called 34 times to help rescue animals over the 12-month period.

The RSPCA, who liaise with the fire service about helping animals, said: “We’re grateful to firefighters for their support in completing rescues up and down the country.

“Collaborative working is so important in protecting animal welfare, and sometimes we simply cannot rescue animals from tricky situations – such as from heights or if specialist equipment is needed – without the help of fire crews.

“The RSPCA can request the help of the fire and rescue service but it is entirely up to them whether or not to attend. Some crews use animal rescues for training but emergencies involving people will always take priority.

“In some cases crews attend to minimise the risk of members of the public attempting to carry out rescues themselves and potentially putting themselves in danger.”

The Home Office data also shows firefighters were called out 75 times in cases of flooding, which includes rivers bursting their banks or pipes breaking, and six times to rescue people from water.

There were 48 false alarms with good intentions.