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Aug. 2008


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Chemical Immobilization of Animals classes from Safe-Capture Int'l.
A 16 hr workshop covering cattle, horses, sheep, goats, hogs and wild animals. For outline, instructor info, registration forms, contact safecaptur@aol.com or phone 608-767-3071. Rebecca Gimenez recommends it as "Excellent"!.
Aug. 18-19 Fredericksburg, VA Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
Oct. 21-22 Rockville, MD Public Safety Training Academy


Get the latest barn fire safety information from Laurie Loveman's www.firesafetyinbarns.com

In 2007, the United States recorded 203 barn and other animal-facility fires in which a total of 870,984 animals died. Of the 203 fires, only four were arson or suspicious. The remaining 199 fires could have been prevented. The largest numbers of animals killed per fire occurred in factory farms. They included:

  • 57,500 turkeys and turkey chicks;
  • 35,820 ducks, ducklings, geese and goslings;
  • 619,882 hens and chicks; and
  • 4,902 pigs and piglets.

Animal fatalities in other livestock facility fires, mainly dairy farms and horse barns, included:

  • 304 horses;
  • 664 cattle and calves;
  • 103 sheep and lambs; and
  • 202 goats and kids.

Seen on the news in Northern California. This is one of the scariest stories I've heard coming out of our recent fires.

A woman, driving an SUV on her way out of a fire area, stopped to get two horses out of their burning paddocks. She was a horse person and happened to have halters in her vehicle. The horses were panicked, running back and forth, but they came to her and she caught them both. She led them to a safe area where a horse trailer had stopped. After relinquishing the horses, she turned around to go back to her vehicle – the wind direction had changed and her SUV was engulfed in flames! If she hadn't stopped, the horses would have died. By saving the horses, she also became a victim of the fires.

The story was sent in by a friend in N.Cal, and there was nothing further on why the owners hadn't evacuated their horses, and why a trailer happened to be nearby. It does point out how volatile fire can be, and how IT PAYS TO BE PREPARED!


Nothing new here.


Laurie Loveman sent the following link to a great article by Harry Paviour, retired UK senior division fire chief. http://firechief.com/rescue/call_wild_0708/index.html Please print out this excellent article and give to fire personnel.

Rebecca Gimenez sent the following links to rescue articles from 2004. The full articles (second and third links)can be purchased on-site. Good information here! http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bsc/vec/2004/00000014/A00101s1/art00026;jsessionid=1phtr0v9v20es.alexandra http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bsc/vec/2004/00000014/A00101s1/art00027;jsessionid=1phtr0v9v20es.alexandra



Large animal rescue has been around for a long time. Both the RSPCA and ASPCA have performed rescues on draft oxen and horses since the 1860's. Over the next 100 years, LAR changed and evolved to include input into trailer design and sling methods, and disaster and emergency assistance for animals. When asked about LAR history, Deb Fox said: "The earliest reference we have found for LAR is in the Bible, Luke 14:5 – 'And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?' ".

In the 1970s , as medicine for large animals improved, the horse race tracks got more serious about ambulances and methods to salvage horses that were injured. The Veterinary Emergency Response Team – at UC Davis in California – developed the Anderson Sling and started LAR training with their vets in the 1980s. They were responsible for the first successful helo lift of horses trapped by snow in the mountains.

In 1992, Dr. Dick Mansmann put together the first international conference on LAR in California. Dr. Tomas Gimenez attended the conference and, seeing ways to improve their own response, added rope rescues and emergency response to their program. Tim Collins, whose work in the LAR field was prompted by the disasters in Santa Barbara, CA, and the Foxes from Felton Fire Dept, were also doing LAR in the 1990s. Deb Fox credits Tim Collins' use of the Rescue Strap as being the most significant contribution to LAR: "We use the rescue strap for 98% of our rescues. With that simple piece of equipment, we can leverage against the skeletal structure to manipulate, rotate, lift, and haul." When the Gimenezes and Foxes met in 1999 the field of LAR grew to its present force.

Roger Lauze and the Mass. SPCA developed the Rescue Glide, another of THE most used pieces of equipment in LAR. This backboard provides transport, a means to protect the patient during a haul, and slip sheets that can act as shields throughout operations. Dr. Stephen Dey also contributed to the field, exploring the vertical lift tie.

The Florida hurricanes of the 1990s motivated the HSUS and AHA to get their efforts at disaster aspects of animal rescue off the ground and getting it to a larger audience thru their DART team training and Technical Animal Rescue (TAR) courses.

In 2002, due to the hard work of the Foxes, LAR was recognized as a new technical rescue for CA State Fire Training (F-STEP). LAR was later approved by POST (law enforcement) in 2004.

Meanwhile, in the UK, in the last few years the horse industry has shown concern for fire and police services' lack of expertise when securing horses in trouble. In 2005, the British Horse Society brought together relevant organizations to draw up procedures for animal rescue. The committee included representatives from the fire and police departments, the U.K. equivalent of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the highway department, and the Equine Veterinary Assoc., and was chaired by the CEO of BHS. (from http://firechief.com/rescue/call_wild_0708/index.html)


Nothing new here.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)

I've rewritten our Pets in Disaster CERT class to include large animals. Anyone who wants a copy for your CERT program, just email me and I'll send it to you. It's a PPT, about 600KB. You're welcome to adapt it to fit your own CERT program. info@saveyourhorse.com.

The "Teach It Yourself" class, Introduction to LAR for Horse Owners, is now available on the LAR website.

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