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Firefighters help otterly cute Essex residents

Colchester Zoo’s otters have had a helping hand from Essex firefighters while the Service was on site to discuss their emergency fire plans.

The Service is known for its role to help Essex residents in times of need and has helped many animals throughout the years but this time, the job was a whole otter role for them.

Colchester Fire Station firefighters have been working closely with Colchester Zoo to create a tactical fire plan in the event of a significant incident at the zoo.

While finalising the plans, the zoo reached out to firefighters to ask for help to empty the otter pool while they had their specialist equipment on-hand at the site. 

Crews stepped up to help and worked throughout Sunday in the heat to drain the pool ready for it to be cleaned.

Station Manager Danny Partridge from Colchester Fire Station said: “We’ve developed a really close working relationship with the management at the zoo and part of that working relationship has been their effort to create a fire plan.

“When they asked for our assistance if it was possible, it was nice to reciprocate that effort.

“It’s the only zoo for the county, and has been suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic along with many other businesses and we were more than happy to help while they prepare to open to the public. We had control measures in place to make sure everyone was safe and really enjoyed the experience with the otters.”

A Colchester Zoo spokesperson said: “We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to assist us with our tactical fire plan but also for their help, especially during this difficult time we are facing, in draining out our Smooth coated otter pool to enable us to give this a thorough clean.”


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