Surprise rescue

Fryerstown CFA volunteers and local community members joined forces on Sunday to rescue a three-year-old horse from a ravine at Glenluce.
The owner of ‘Surprise’, as she is aptly named, alerted Castlemaine SES about the incident about 2pm when the bay filly was discovered in a hole that leads to the entrance of an abandoned mineshaft. However, as the SES are no longer permitted to undertake large animal rescues due to safety concerns for volunteers, local fire brigade volunteers rallied to do whatever they could to assist.
The horse’s owner said it appeared young Surprise had fallen a few metres down into the ravine and became entangled in blackberries and barbed wire.
Fortunately the young mount remained calm throughout the experience and her owner was able to safely cut away the barbed wire from her legs.
“Luckily there was an opening on one side and volunteers were able to cut back the blackberries and some tree branches and create a path to safely walk her out of her predicament. Amazingly she escaped from the ordeal with a couple of minor scratches!” she said.
The owner said she was extremely relieved and deeply grateful to all those who assisted with the rescue.
“It really highlighted the need for our wonderful local CFA personnel to receive training in large animal rescue. “We are extremely lucky that things weren’t worse, we were able to gain access to her safely and free her,” she said.

Her owner keeps her calm as they await help.

4 thoughts on “Surprise rescue

  • May 13, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Wondering WHY aren’t the SES allowed to do animal rescues?

    • May 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Rebecca, soon after you delivered training to VICSES the service announced that we no longer do animal rescue. One if the problems I see is we are the Road Rescue agency in many areas where there are cattle truck and horse float incidents so we should at least be doing awareness.
      I loved you sessions in Geelong and thought it was the start of something good for the Service…

  • May 14, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Bad call on the part of SES. The statistics are clear. The more reliance on untrained voplunteers, the greater the risk that Fire/EMS is going to be called out on a human rescue / entrapment. Definitely not disparaging the volunteer fireys who turned out in behalf of public safety as well as to help protect the owner’s valuable property. They definitely deserve cudos.

    • May 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Its nothing to do with the local SES, the decision to not respond to large animal rescue incidents is state wide. The volunteers receive absolutely no training on how to do it and it always ends up just being some ad-hoc improvisation that works. It won’t be too long before CFA makes the decision to not send its volunteers/staff out to these sorts of incidents, because again they have absolutely no equipment or training on large animal rescue. The costs and time to train and equip CFA/SES to do it is not worth it given how rare these incidents occur and it would take away precious resources from their core work, fire and rescue of people. It’s time a group like RSPCS stepped up and expanded their scope to respond to these sorts of things…


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