Firefighters provide a number of services to the public. They’re most commonly associated with braving roaring fires and providing emergency medical care, but that only scratches the surface of what they do.
Ultimately, their job is to serve the community, and that service comes in a number of different forms. On June 25, firefighters from the Idaho Falls Fire Department received an unusual call and sprung to action.
Firefighters received an emergency call from an Idaho Falls resident.
Members of the Idaho Falls Fire Department were called out to Holmes Ave. and Iona Road to make a rescue. But to their surprise, there was no fire or medical emergency at the intersection.
In fact, they weren’t being called to save a human being at all. A concerned citizen had seen some ducklings fall into a storm drain and was concerned for their safety.
“IFFD made a very special rescue earlier this evening after a concerned citizen reported some ducklings trapped in a storm drain,” the firehouse said on their Facebook page.
A team comprised of Captain Chet Pugmire, Aaron Nelson, and Angela Corry rushed out to the location and assessed the situation.
The firefighters used a recording of a mother duck quacking to lure the ducklings out.
The baby ducks could be heard chirping from underneath the storm drain’s cover, and firefighters were able to get the cover off quickly. But pulling the ducklings out to safety proved to be more of a challenge.
As the firefighters reached in to grab the ducklings, a number of them would scurry into the drain and out of their reach. The concerned mother duck watched from the sidewalk the entire time.
That’s when the emergency responders had the idea of playing the sound of a duck quacking from a cell phone. The strategy worked well, and before long, they were pulling ducks out of the drain.
As they were pulled to safety, they were passed off to another firefighter, who helped reunite the ducklings with their mother.
All of the ducklings were reunited with their mother.
After these adorable fluffy chicks were rescued near Holmes Ave and Iona Road, they were safely reunited with their mama.
The rescue may not have been the most dramatic in the fire station’s history, but it may very well have been the most adorable. Comments to their Facebook post lauded the fire departments quick and caring response.
“Thank you for coming to the rescue IFFD!!” said one comment. “You guys rock. Thanks for all you do,” said another.
Firefighters in Idaho got creative to rescue ducklings that fell into a storm drain, using a recording of a mother duck's call to lure the ducklings out of the pipe. "A happy early Mother's Day gift for this mom duck." https://abcn.ws/2G029F3
Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, May 9, 2018