September 23, 2023
Annapolis, US 63 F

Fire Department To The Rescue

County’s New Duck Rescue Unit Called Into Action

From the Anne Arundel County Fire Department Facebook page:

Company 30 responded to a report of ducklings trapped in the storm drain infront of the Ollie’s. Upon arrival the mother duck (and a few civilians) flagged the unit down and showed the firefighters where a total of 12 ducklings were trapped inside a welded storm drain. A K-12 saw was used to cut thru the welds of the grate, the grate …was then eventually pryed open with the use of 2 halligan bars, a pry bar, a sledge, a new york hook, and a pike pole… numerous techniques were then used to coach the ducklings to the open storm drain – including loud noises that one lieutenant was so kind to make. A backboard was used to block the drain tunnel so the ducklings could not move along to another storm drain. All 12 ducklings were safely extricated and released to the care of the mother duck who was anxiously awaiting their removal from the hazardous condition. All parties were then escorted back to the pond area to the rear of the Ollie’s. QNT30 was on scene for approx 35 minutes.

Photos: Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire Department

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