Horsing around makes for memorable fire safety talk

Acting lead fire fighter Daniel Bernard takes a ride on one of the club’s horses, as, from left, Acting Station Officer Roy Charlton, fire fighter Marvin Menendez and fire fighter John Ebanks look on.

A recent visit by the Cayman Islands Fire Services to the Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road in Savannah was a hit with young riders and firemen alike.

The four firemen and two fire trucks from the George Town headquarters were on site on Saturday, Feb. 13, to conduct a session on fire prevention and safety for children attending the British Pony Club riding program, which runs on Saturday afternoons.

Participating children, age 5 and up, learn all there is to know about the care, riding and welfare of horses.

Cayman Riding School students with officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service.
Cayman Riding School students with officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Riding school owner and instructor Tracey Surrey noted one of the topics covered is fire safety and the session left the 25 young riders extremely well informed about the operations of the Fire Service and how to prevent fires, not just around the riding stables but also at home.

Though tackling a serious topic, the firemen had the chance to horse around, taking up the students’ challenge to mount up.

“The children asked if the fire officers were brave enough to fight fires, were they brave enough to ride a horse, and discovered the answer is yes,” said Ms. Surrey.

John Ebanks shows Michael Smith how to work the hose.
John Ebanks shows Michael Smith how to work the hose.

“We are so grateful to the officers for giving up their time and coming along to Cayman Riding School,” she said, noting that the visit was one of several lessons tackling important safety issues.

“It is so important that we teach fire prevention and all sorts of safety issues to our children – it is never too early to learn. We recently held a Human First Aid course and before that an Animal Welfare session with a local vet as part of the British Pony Club program. Our young children have gained a wealth of practical knowledge that they can take with them into their daily life.”

For further details on the school, email Tracey Surrey at [email protected] or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaymanRidingSchool.

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