Fireman Ham: Meet the pig helping to train firefighters in Bristol
A 14-STONE pig is helping to train firefighters how to rescue animals.
Dominic the pig has been recruited by Avon Fire and Rescue Service.
The Kune Kune pig was rescued almost 12 months ago after his elderly owner died and he was taken to animal rescue centre Horse World in Whitchurch.
After several escape attempts, his carers realised he would be the perfect candidate to teach firefighters how to handle escaped animals.
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Fire officers are regularly trained at the centre by expert staff, but over the last six months, trainers have introduced a practical element into the training – herding Dominic safely around the farm.
Animal safety lecturer Dawn Watkins, who runs the course, said: "Dominic loves human attention and likes to be the centre of attention.
"However, he also loves to run off exploring whenever he can, so he was the ideal candidate to help train these fire crews."