Cork firefighter rescues field mouse from gorse blaze; Rodent is nicknamed Johnny Cash

Cork firefighter rescues field mouse from gorse blaze; Rodent is nicknamed Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash the field mouse. Pic courtesy of Bantry Fire Brigade Twitter

A firefighter in West Cork who was tackling a gorse fire made time to rescue a field mouse who has been nicknamed Johnny Cash after he was rescued from a "Ring of Fire."

The firefighter spotted the trapped mouse in a hillside in Bantry and tucked him inside his protective jacket. 

His colleagues in Bantry Fire Brigade have taken to calling him the the "Fearless Mouse-keteer."

In a tweet, the service said this morning: “While dealing with a hill fire last night one of our eagle-eyed crew spotted this little fella trapped in a ring of fire. 

"Our fearless Mouseketeer walked the line and brought him to safety. Luckily he wasn’t hurt”.

The rescue of the tiny rodent occurred amid stark warnings from Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed about the dangers of gorse fires.

He stresses that persons who illegally start gorse fires during the forbidden time zone from March 1 to September are facing prosecution.

Minister Creed said there was more than enough demands on emergency services at present as the country attempt to flatten the curve on Covid 19. 

He believes that firefighters shouldn't have to go out quenching the flames of needless gorse fires throughout the country.

A recent blaze in Castletownbere took firefighters six hours to get under control whilst an incident in Durrus almost engulfed an entire hillside. 

Similar incidents have been reported in Co Kerry.

Minister Creed has warned that serious consequences will follow for persons who engage in reckless behaviour.

Pictures posted on twitter of gorse fires in Cork and Kerry
Pictures posted on twitter of gorse fires in Cork and Kerry

"This is just not acceptable at so many levels but particularly because of the crisis we are going through. It is a breach of the law and it is not acceptable.” 

County Councils throughout the country have warned that such fires are illegal and pose a huge risk to nesting birds, wildlife, vegetation and trees.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of County Cork Councillor Ian Doyle has pleaded with people to stop setting gorse fires.

Pictures posted on twitter of gorse fires in Cork and Kerry.
Pictures posted on twitter of gorse fires in Cork and Kerry.

"Cork fire services continues to respond to ‘gorse fire’ call-outs. However given the current Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on resources, landowners are being called upon to act responsibly and observe these laws.

"Now, more than ever, we need to consider how our actions affect our own well being, that of the community, and the nation. 

"This pandemic has revealed just how connected we are and it is essential that we all do our part to protect the public health.

"The lives of property owners, people on the land and our front line emergency personnel, who are already under pressure, are endangered by illegal fires."

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