25 firemen rush to rescue one cat in Britain

25 firemen and five fire engines were pressed into service to rescue a cat.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 18:07 PM IST

London: Some 25 firemen and five fire engines were pressed into service to rescue a cat in Britain, a media report said Wednesday.

The cat was perched on a two-storey house in Leiston, Suffolk, when the fire crews were dispatched to rescue it Tuesday.

Firefighters` union leaders branded the response `crazy and overkill`, the Daily Mail reported on its website.

But the Suffolk Fire Service crews were turned back within minutes when a local firefighter from Leiston climbed a ladder and rescued the cat - which ran off unscathed.

A spokesman for campaign group The Taxpayers` Alliance said: "It`s ridiculous that five fire crews were sent out to rescue one cat."

"It`s almost laughable but wasting resources is bad news for taxpayers and others who might have needed to be rescued, so it`s not funny."

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said it had been called by the RSPCA, an animal welfare organisation, to help and the reaction was in line with national regulations.

IANS