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Volunteers wanted for the love of horses
The loss of a much-loved horse can be a devastating consequence of bushfire. But there are things you can do to keep them safe.
CFA will be spreading this important fire safety message at Equitana Melbourne, the largest equine show in the Southern Hemisphere, which is being held at Melbourne Showgrounds in November. This year, CFA is the event’s community partner so we will receive a percentage of the ticket sales.
Horse safety has been a focus in recent times, with some brigades staging information sessions on preparing horses to survive a bushfire, and CFA has supported an equine project called The National Equine Database, developed by CFA volunteer Jenna Kelley.
This database links horse owners with property owners who have the capacity to temporarily house animals during bushfires and other emergencies.
Fire services have also had an historical association with horses, with horse-drawn pumps used in the 1800s at country fire stations such as Sandhurst (now Bendigo) and Ballarat.
With more than 50,000 people expected to attend Equitana with its mix of competitions, entertainment, education and exhibitions, the event is the perfect place for CFA to give people information about how to prepare horses for fire.
CFA will have an exhibition stand, truck display and will run two workshops about horses and bushfires.
Held over four days (17 to 20 November), we are looking for horse lovers who would like to volunteer to spend time on the CFA information stand.
Morning and afternoon shifts are available, with the first shift starting at 8.30am and the afternoon shift finishing at 6.30pm.