Horse Society joins forces with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
British Horse Society has been invited to attend the Shropshire
Fire & Rescue Service open day at Telford Fire Station on Saturday
30 August to launch a partnership initiative between the two organisations.
BHS met recently with Mike Ablitt, and John Harrison, fire officers
from the Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, to discuss ways in
which horse owners could evaluate risk assessment in their yards
and assist the fire service to deal promptly with emergencies. In
addition, with the help of Harry Paviour at the Fire Service College,
the BHS will be advising fire officers on how horses react when
frightened and how best to handle them in the event of a fire in
Open Day, hosted by local radio station Telford FM, will be attended
by Shropshire's Chief Fire Officer, Ian Kerr, Deputy Fire Officer
Gerry Scutt and Assistant Chief Officer Alan Taylor. Christine Doran,
BHS Head of Approvals and instrumental in setting up the partnership,
will be representing the Society. "This is an ideal opportunity
to launch the partnership fostered by the BHS with the fire service.
We wanted to make sure that anyone owning or managing a yard of
horses was fully prepared in the event of such an emergency. By
working with their local fire station any horse owner can feel confident
that officers attending will be well prepared and know the layout
of the yard," commented Christine.
Ablitt added "Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service is always
looking for ways to improve our service to the community. This innovative
project will hopefully ensure that horse owners prevent fires occurring
in the first place through improved fire safety knowledge but when
fires do occur prepare us to help in the most effective way".
Shropshire Fire Service Open Day will be launching a number of community
based initiatives including working with the Women's Institute on
a map reference scheme, the National Farmers Union on encouraging
easy access to water supplies, and with the local racial community
building better relations.