KEEPING ANIMALS, BUSHFIRE SAFE

Ginger Soames and her quarter horse mare Georgie with Aussie’s Fire Chief
Ginger Soames and her quarter horse mare Georgie with Aussie’s Fire Chief

AUSSIE PUMPS believe the secret of keeping your animals safe in a bushfire is to plan and prepare early! Work with neighbours to create a low risk area that can act as a fire shelter.

The area should be as large as possible cleared away from bushland and forest, free from fuel, leaves, bark or branches. Ensure there is sufficient drinking water and an adequate amount of feed nearby. Your animals may need to remain in the area for long periods. Food is a great comforter!

Accessibility on fire danger days is vital. Ensure tracks are maintained and that any cattle grids and bridges can take the weight of a fire truck.

Keep farm machinery well maintained and free from grease build up. Ensuring there’s no dry grass or hay build up on the equipment that can ignite from a floating ember. Purchase a quality fire extinguisher for each motor vehicle.

Having the right gear to fight the fire, put out spots or dampen down sheds or even livestock is essential. A trailer or ute mounted fire pump with tank also provides a mobile option!

Aussie’s Fire Chief is powered by a genuine Honda 5.5 hp petrol engine. The combination of pressure and flow will put the water where it is needed fast. A trolley for the Fire Chief is also available for portability.

Aussie also offer diesel drive pumps which come with heavy duty galvanised roll frames and both Yanmar and Kubota are available in electric as well as recoil start configurations.

Australian Pump is the only company in the world who offer a five year warranty and applies to all of their Aussie Quik Prime product range.

Free Aussie Bushfire Survival Guides are available from Australian Pump Industries or dealers throughout Australia. They are an indispensable aid to being Fire Ready in what looks like a diabolical fire season!