I just read Kathy Biele’s Hit under the heading “Corporate Kindness” [Jan. 9, City Weekly] that dealt with the cat that was on top of a power pole and would not come down. She said that the Salt Lake City Fire Department “refused the call for help.”
That is not accurate. We got the call and sent a crew to the scene. However, due to the location of the power pole, we were unable to use our ladder truck to extend the ladder to the top of the pole. The only option was to climb the pole. Since the pole is property of Rocky Mountain Power, it was appropriate to contact them.
There have been several cases during the past year when we have retrieved pets (such as cats, iguanas and birds) out of trees and returned the animals to their owners. We love to serve the residents of Salt Lake City any way we can. In this case, however, we were unable to do so. That is far different than refusing the call for help.
Salt Lake City Fire Department