Bird rescues cost UK fire dept. nearly $8K per year
Fire chief says rescuing the birds provides training for firefighters and keeps civilians from attempting a rescue
CORNWALL, U.K. — Seagulls trapped in antinesting nets on Newquay's rooftops could be costing taxpayers up to £5,000 (about $8,000) a year in fire service call-outs, the Cornish Guardian can reveal.
Firefighters are being called on to scale buildings to release the birds roughly once every three weeks, at a cost of around £300 a time.