Technical Rescue

Maryland Firefighters Rescue Horse from Ditch

By Jacqueline Kotei
Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer

Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue undertake the rescue of a horse that fell in a ditch.

Just before 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, special operation crews from the Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to the 8300 block of Johnny Cake Road in Westview for reports of a horse stuck in the ditch. The horse was a seven-year-old, 1,800-lb Clydesdale that was stuck in a ditch next to a house. Howard County crews responded as part of a mutual aid request from Baltimore County Fire and Rescue. A veterinarian was also requested.


Because Howard County crews had the specialized training and crane equipment needed, they began to effect a rescue. The horse was lifted with the crane to be removed from the ditch. It took firefighters roughly 90 minutes to extricate the horse. There were no injuries to report.