New Fire Prevention and Safety Initiative
Story by Henrietta Coole
“Learning about safety is always relevant and EquiMania! makes it interactive and engaging,” says Equine Guelph director,” Gayle Ecker.
Equine Guelph and Mike King of Intercity Insurance have partnered up to present a new Fire Safety and Prevention initiative at the upcoming Can-Am Equine Expo, in Markham April 1 – 3.
There will be two areas to pick up fire safety resource material. One area will be in the EquiMania! display and the other will be located within Can-Am building number 4 at a dedicated fire prevention booth. Special guest speaker, Robert Webb will be conducting an important lecture on fire safety. As a Retired Chief of Fire Prevention, for Toronto Fire Services and Retired Fire Safety Manager for Woodbine Entertainment Group, Webb possesses over 40 years of experience. Be sure to bring your questions.
Markham Fire Department will be on hand on both Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, to do practical demonstrations and to raise awareness to help ensure better safety for horses.
Back again for 2016, the interactive EquiMania! Explorer safety initiative takes youth through a series of stations where they learn how to be safe around horses, in the stable, around equipment and in the barn yard. This year's spotlighted safety topics for youth will be fire prevention and safety on the farm. “This is a partnership that has made sense for over 10 years,” says Dean Anderson, executive director of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. “We are delivering a critical safety message in a fun, interactive way to kids and if it prevents one accident or saves one life, it is a wise investment.”
The strength of great partnerships has made EquiMania! a popular exhibit not only in Ontario but at popular events across North America, including the Minnesota State Fair. Without our loyal sponsors and fantastic volunteers we could not cater to the thousands of eager participants who stampede to EquiMania! for a unique experience. There is always something new to learn!
EquiMania! Thanks our partners:
10 YEAR SPONSORS - Shur-Gain, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
9-YEAR SPONSORS - Ontario Equestrian Federation, Kubota Canada, SSG Gloves, Standardbred Canada, System Fencing
4-YEAR SPONSOR - Greenhawk