The broader role of the Service was has been showcased by West Sussex FRS as they recently rescued a showjumping horse, installed defibrilators at all stations and highlighted their wellbeing insights on Home Safety Visits.

In their more traditional rescue capacity, firefighters from Horley stepped out to perform a rescue of a competitive horse Finigan when he plunged into a swollen watercourse on the edge of his paddock near Littlehampton.

You can see images of the rescue in our picture gallery below or watch a video of the rescue here - before Finigan went on to win his showjumping class at an event in Brighton later that weekend:
West Sussex Horse rescue montage

After calming the owner and horse down, the WSFRS specialist animal unit were able to free Finigan 4 hours after he entered the freezing water. Their animal rescue lead told ITV: "It can be technically quite difficult with the dangers of moving water and the current impacting on the rescuers as well as the issue of the horse itself being in a distressed state of mind."

Owner Tabitha Whistler added: "It was very steep and the horse was tired from trying to recover himself. Until the crews could arrive [from an hour away] we had to attach lead ropes to keep his head above water. But he [Finigan] remained calm throughout and keen to go out again."

Away from this community involvement, West Sussex has recently been highlighting its prevention role considerably and how it works proactively with its partners at the heart of the local communities to protect its most vulnerable residents.

As part of this, the Service has created a new 3 minute film highlighting how Home Safety Visits are helping thousands of older residents in West Sussex to remain living safely and independently in their own homes.

In addition to providing support out in the community, lifesaving defibrillators have been installed at the heart of local communities across West Sussex thanks to a partnership between West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The wall-mounted defibrillators are being fitted outside of fire stations across the county where they can be accessed at any time by members of the public in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest in the area.

The first two defibrillators, which have been supplied by South East Coast Ambulance Service, are already in place at Fire Stations in Petworth and Midhurst with 10 others set to be installed at stations around the county over the coming months.