HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A horse fell in a Hollywood Hills ravine on Sunday, October 11 at around 6:30 p.m.
According to a press release from the Los Angeles Fire Department, they received an emergency call from the City of Los Angeles Park Rangers asking for assistance to help save the 1200 pound horse.
At 7:30 p.m., LAFD Spokesman Erik Scott tweeted, “#HollywoodHills; Your @LAFD working hard to hoist an injured thoroughbred horse from an approximate 75′ ravine near 3400 N Beachwood Dr.”
In order to adequately assess the situation, both firefighters and urban search and rescue (USAR) specialists created a rope system that would enable the firefighters to reach the horse down the ravine.
The horse, suffering only superficial wounds, was guided back to safety by firefighters working on both ground and air.
USAR specialists, veterinarians, park rangers, and animal regulations all worked together to make sure the horse would not be harmed further during the trip back to safe grounds.
“A total of 30 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Dean Zipperman, took every precaution to provide exceptional care to the horse during this traumatic experience including placing cotton balls in the ears to reduce noise and an eye mask to keep any falling particles from entering the horse’s eyes while they attentively hoisted the horse via LAFD helicopter,” stated the press release.
By 10:13 p.m., Scott tweeted, “SUCCESS! #HollywoodHorseRescue; Great job by all involved. Thoroughbred now safe & sound.”