Article: Kuwait’s Fire Fighters – The heroes I never expected.

Two days ago seemed like any Tuesday in the world. Boring.

Especially since I hurt my ankle playing football two days before, so life was strictly eat and chill.

Not that I spent my time working out 24/7 but hey..

So, late that night, I left the diwaniya (which belongs to someone DYING to be mentioned here) only to hear a “meow”

So what, I hear you say. But no, this meow was different.

It was UNDER me.

Literally, below ground, which was strange because there was nothing underneath my car, nor was there anywhere to go down into.

Until we saw this poor thing trapped in the sewer grating


We stood there debating on our options, and going home to a warm bed and bad conscious didnt sound that bad at the time.

Our attempts, though slightly clever, were ultimately in vain (see attempt below)

I tried calling K’s Path and PAWS to see if they could help, but either their phones were off or they werent responding. It was 12am anyway, we all have to sleep.

So now the debate turned to 112. Should we? Or shouldnt we?

Now I know what everyones thinking “of course you should call 112!”

Well, yeh, in the UK or USA I would, in a heart beat.

But in Kuwait? I was worried if i did call, they’d start taking the piss.

These people barely show up to save people, you think they’d give a toss about a cat?

Then this boy had to say something

Ali Abdulrahim - The guilt trip


“What if, when you die and go to God, he asks you a simple question. ‘Why didnt you call 112?’ And all you can come up with is ‘I was embarrassed’. What do you think he’s going to say?”


What a tit.boob

I felt guilty. Really really guilty.

So I did it, I rang them up, explained the situation and apologised for making a silly call such as this at this time of night.

And to my surprise, there was no laughter, no complaints. All I heard was someone acknowledging what I said, and referred me to the fire department!

THEIR response was even more professional. They asked for my location, and said they would be there in 10 minutes.

10 minutes later, they were there! On time, full team, captain and all.

The team arrives

They opened up the grating, but before they could get the kitten out, they were called to an emergency fire in Farwaniya. Before they left, fire fighter Abdullah Al-Olayan mentioned “Dont worry, we’ll be back after this”

“Yeh right” I thought.

Then I saw these pictures.


They came back. I contacted the team and had to thank them personally for what they did.

This may seem like nothing to a lot of people, but to see this sort of action, this care for a soul, be it only a kitten, is heart warming and much needed in our country in this day and age.

Saying im proud of this team is an understatement.

They are heroes, and to them, this is all done for God, and for their country.

I feel obliged to name them, good deeds like this cannot go unrecognized.

The team is as follows:

Cpt. Khalid Kanaan – الكابتن خالد كنعان

Abdullah Almas – عبدالله الماص

Adel Alrisheedi – عادل الرشيدي

Abdullah Alrisheedi – عبدالله الرشيدي


One of the guys also has a blog on the daily life of a fire fighter in Kuwait , I highly recommend offering our support.



  1. Hadeel May 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Iam so impressed and proud of you and them .. Keep the Good job

  2. Asma M Al Abkal (@SoooMa) May 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    عجييبة القصه…صج ما توقعت ردة الفعل..يعطيكم العافيه و الله

    • DrQ80 May 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      الله يعافيج، و اتمنى متابعتهم

      • Fatemah Qasem May 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

        I’m really impressed. i actually called 112 once for an old guy who seemed to be demented and lost, they arrived within 10 mins. So where is the little kitten now?

        • DrQ80 May 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

          Taken from one of the fire fighters themselves

          “@DrQ80_7 @Elmatador_4 والقط الصغير الآن يسرح ويمرح في مركزنا

  3. Jameela Al-Nakkas May 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    This made me tear up, God bless your souls. ee! hthail shabab ilkuwait ily nift5er feehm! allah yj3lah bmeezan 7sanatkm oo ya7fethkm ya rab.

    • DrQ80 May 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Allah ysalmich wikhaleech :))

  4. Ghad May 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    This story made my day

  5. Mochi May 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    A HUGE thanks to you and the firefighting team! I’m glad there are good people like you out there!

    • DrQ80 May 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks! The firefighters were the heroes.

      Really decent people!

  6. Moody June 1, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Thats great to hear!! I heard a similar story by someone who didnt do that call cuz he didnt think they would come for a cat!

    A big thank you to you and the firefighters

    • helen June 1, 2013 at 9:06 am #

      seeing all the cruelty that goes on here in Kuwait to the animals i could never imagine a kitten would be saved by fireman. what a great example pity the rest of the people couldn’t follow follow your and the firemen example. you done a great job.!

    • DrQ80 June 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      I was close to not calling myself. Our rubbish mentality in kuwait is what made me think they werent coming.

      Thank goodness it didnt turn out that way :))

  7. yaqoub June 1, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Faith in humanity restored! you guys are awesome :)) Thank you and the firefighters!

    • DrQ80 June 1, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Humanity +1
      Evil -1

  8. samia rayes June 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    great work.

  9. Kerry Sellers June 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I called them before for a cat in a tree rescue. They did come and could not get the cat although they tried. I asked them to bring the cherry picker and the two officers were ashamed to call for it. The next day Dalal Al Rushaid from K’s Path got involved. She managed to get them to bring the cherry picker and the cat was finally rescued after being in the tree in the cold winter for four days.

    • DrQ80 June 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Its a culture thing I believe. Although religiously speaking we are obligated to help these poor animals, many feel embarrassed of calling.

      Like I said, I hesitated before I called. It needs to change.

  10. malattar88 June 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    great job guys

  11. Krystalle June 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    AMAZING! These are the things that will make Kuwait a better place for the animals! Bravo to you, the firemen and Ali for not just walking by as many people would. As a cat rescuer here in Kuwait, I applaud and thank you

    • DrQ80 June 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      I hope Ali doesnt read this.

      His head is big enough as it is.

      Thank you for your lovely comment !:)

  12. Om Meshari August 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi, I konw how you felt then coz I’ve been through such feelings first time I saw an amazing pic for Abdulla Arrishidi embracing a kitten which was been rescued then.. That pic was the start for a mother & a son relation between me & Abbadi .. You can find that pic in his account on instagram .. i’m sure you’ll love it.. Thanks for the amazing descriptions & details of your story ,, really affecting .


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