Skip to main content

Developed and maintained by the NFCC

Control measure

Remove animal from the cause of entanglement

Control measure knowledge

Some causes of entanglement may be easily removed by cutting, such as fishing wire or nets. However, consideration should be given to manipulating the animal away from the cause of entanglement, especially if cutting or spreading would require specialist resources or equipment.

High tensile (H-T or HT) fencing

If it is not possible to avoid cutting high tensile fencing, consider first de-tensioning it.

Cattle grids

Hydraulic spreaders or cutters may be required in order to create sufficient space in the cattle grid for the entangled animal to be manipulated or lifted out of the grid.

If the animal is entangled in a heavy-duty cattle grid, specialist rescue equipment may be required, such as a hot cutting torch that can cut through thick steel.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider providing equipment appropriate for removing the cause of entanglement

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the best course of action; manipulate the animal away from the cause of entanglement or remove the cause of entanglement

  • Assess the available equipment for its suitability prior to use

  • Ensure equipment is used effectively and safely

  • Ensure personnel do not become entangled