A Polo pony has been rescued from a swimming pool in the garden of a house in Berkshire.
A crew from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the house in Forest Road in Winkfield Row near Bracknell just after 5am this morning.
The crews had to wait for a vet to arrive to administer sedatives but as soon as this was done, the pony was safely removed from the pool and was back on dry land by 8am.
Firefighters went down by the riverside today in a dramatic live exercise to prevent drownings this summer.
The training at Reading Bridge marks the beginning of the first National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.
Nineteen people have drowned in rivers in Berkshire since 2009.
And the RNLI is warning that while it might be hot outside, the water's cold and shock can kill. Mel Bloor watched the exercise.
The Fire Brigades Union has announced eight days of strike action this month. They are involved in a national dispute over changes to firefighters' pensions.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service say they've put contingency plans in place to provide a level of cover during the strike periods.
The dates are:
Saturday 9 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Sunday 10 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Monday 11 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Tuesday 12 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Wednesday 13 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Thursday 14 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Friday 15 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Saturday 16 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm
Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Mancey said: “We will be putting contingency arrangements in place again and we will still be answering and responding to emergency calls. However, because we will have fewer resources than usual, we will be giving priority to incidents where people’s lives are at risk, such as house fires and serious road traffic collisions.
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has reported receiving 26 calls during a 24-hour strike which ended at 9am this morning. Ten of the incidents required crews to attend. Twelve fire appliances were available during the strike.
A firefighter was injured when attending a house fire in Woodlands Park, Maidenhead, this morning. He was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor burns before he was sent to hospital for a precautionary check-up.
Shortly before 3.30am, a resident reported flames coming from the house next door. Four fire appliances attended, with an aerial ladder platform from Reading and the multi-role command and control vehicle from Dee Road, Reading. Firefighters carried out a search of the property.
The house was under renovation and no-one was inside. The fire caused severe damage to the house, with 100 per cent of the first floor and 80 per cent of the roof destroyed and a partial roof collapse. The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom and a fire investigation will be carried out.
Berkshire firefighters from the animal rescue team at Caversham Road in Reading rescued the horses from a flooded field in Sulhampstead, near Reading.
Berkshire's Chief Fire Officer has retired after 34 years working for the Fire Service.
After joining Berkshire Fire Service, Iain Cox was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2003 and was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 2009 for outstanding service.
The Chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, Councillor Colin Dudley, said: "Iain has set the bar at an extremely high level. His outstanding dedication, knowledge and leadership have seen RBFRS through some of the most challenging years in its history."
Acting Chief Officer Olaf Baars said: "Iain has been a steady hand on the helm for a decade and understood RBFRS as do few others. He has made an enormous contribution to public safety in Berkshire and we wish him and his wife Jane an enjoyable time together in retirement."
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority is currently recruiting a new Chief Fire Officer and will announce the new appointment shortly.
Around 27 firefighters were called to the Mercure Hotel at Elcot Park in Bath Road in Newbury. A number of guests were led from the premises at about 3.30am. The fire is out. No-one is reported to have been injured. It is believed the fire may have starte din the basement.