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Kim Little's newest classes Contact him at: rescuekim@juno.com for more info.
January 23-25 ice rescue Billings, MT
January 30- Feb 1 ice rescue Couer d Alene, ID
February 6-8 ice rescue Lake Tahoe, NV
April 17-19 tech animal rescue Augusta, GA
April 24-26 tech animal rescue Cottonwood, AZ
Michelle Staples on Disaster Preparedness, Barn Fire Safety and Horse Safety for Youth.
January 30 Equine Affaire, Fairplex, Pomona, CA
Vicki Schmidt is teaching:
May 2009 International Assoc of Women in Emergency Services Conference in Omaha NB


Laurie Loveman sent the following story of a horse stuck in the mud. http://www.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO97894/ Also from Laurie Loveman: Article on ice rescues in FIRECHIEF magazine ("Pets in Peril") : www.firechief.com
Janet Liebsch at Fedhealth sent the following:
Somerton firefighters rescue horse from abandoned tank
Vicki Schmidt sent a Barn fire article: http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=226741&ac=PHnws
In October, Vicki received a Shire/Appy youngster as a sale donation to benefit Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training & Equipment for Maine and New England. And, Poland FD (Maine) was setting up their heavy rescue truck with LAER equipment. The latest news out of ME is they sold the LAER horse! He's leaving for CT on Jan 21st and if the weather cooperates Vicki will have the LAER fire truck there to include in a photo of the horse and his new owner.
The following video clip from the Chatsworth, CA fire was sent in by Roland Escoto, L.A. Command.
Pretty scary stuff! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVZxkcg0yPE Roland also sent this news report of riding accident: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=6545132

From The Standardbred Mail List (STBinfo) GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP)—Standout trotter Deweycheatumnhowe and award- winning trainer and co-owner Ray Schnittker were unhurt when their pickup and trailer flipped on an icy road in north-central Pennsylvania.

Schnittker told The Associated Press that his truck hit an icy patch near Jersey Shore, Pa., Wednesday morning. The truck and horse trailer carrying the Hambletonian champion flipped and slid about 30 feet down an embankment. Schnittker was unhurt in the crash, but his wife, Dr. Janet Durso, hurt her shoulder.

Dr. John Egloff of Vieux Carre Farm in Gettysburg, where Deweycheatumnhowe was taken following the accident, said the horse sustained minor abrasions. Schnittker and the trotter were on their way to Lexington, Ky

Flood in San Diego, CA December 17. 3 horses drowned, 1euthanized.
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2008/dec/18/bn18tjriver2195626-horse-owners/?metro http://www.10news.com/news/18302428/detail.html?rss=sand&psp=news

Jennifer Woods sent in this "happy ending" story from the Muskegon Chronicle, 1/6/09

CASNOVIA TOWNSHIP — When Julie Johnson's truck started to slide on icy Bailey Road Tuesday morning, her thoughts quickly turned to her two horses riding in a trailer she was towing.

"Over to my left was a drop-off, about a 10-foot embankment -- that was the worst thing I could've seen," said Johnson, a part-time Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy.

As the truck slid over the embankment, the horse trailer containing Copper, 12, and Lacy, 14, rolled onto its side. Copper wound up on top of Lacy, whose leg became entangled in the bars on a window in the trailer and whose neck was wrenched and twisted.

Everyone knows a broken leg is devastating to a horse. So is a broken neck. So Johnson was counting her lucky stars -- and thanking all who showed up to help -- that both horses survived the accident with minor injuries.

Johnson, who lives in Kent City, and emergency responders were able to remove Copper from the trailer unscathed.

Chronicle/Ken StevensEmergency personnel, neighbors and friends work with Lacy, 14, (far right) as she starts to awaken from a tranquilizer following a crash Tuesday morning in Casnovia Township. Julie Johnson and her husband, Dave, are part-time Ottawa County Sheriff Deputies and use the horses as part of the Ottawa County Mounted Division. Johnson was taking the horses to Fremont for riding lessons.

"Bless Copper's heart -- he walked out of there without hurting (Lacy)," Johnson said. "Copper just stood around and watched. He was concerned for his friend -- you could tell."

It took the help of Dr. Paul Busman, a veterinarian from Sparta Animal Clinic, to get Lacy out. Busman was called to the scene where he administered a tranquilizer to Lacy so she could safely be removed from the trailer. Even before she was sedated, Lacy was calm -- a blessing since too much thrashing could have resulted in a broken leg, Johnson said.

"She's a very smart horse," she said. "How calm she was in a situation like that even before she was tranquilized just amazed me."

Johnson was taking the horses to Fremont for riding lessons. She and her husband Dave, also a part-time Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy, ride the horses as part of the Sheriff's Mounted Division.

The truck remained upright after the accident, and Johnson was uninjured.

With the help of neighbors who responded with a trailer, Johnson was able to transport both horses home. By Tuesday afternoon, Lacy, was being pampered in her barn with all the hay she wanted to eat and plenty of water -- doctor's orders, Johnson said.
From Laurie: Animal safety concerns will now be included in the course curriculum for the Open Learning Fire Service Program. And, FEMA has developed a course that deals with companion (animal) rescue for the Federal USAR teams. HURRAY!

Thanks to participants in the discussion on using fire hose for rescuing large animals. It was very enlightening.

Jerry Floyd has the Anderson Sling site up and running! Yeah, Jerry! Its www.andersonsling.com

Extreme heat and cold, flooding and tornadoes are the deadliest natural hazards researchers reported in the International Journal of Health Geographics. Heat and drought together were the greatest hazard, accounting for 19.6% of the total deaths, followed by severe summer weather at 18.8% and winter weather at 18.1%. Earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes combined accounted for less than 5%. Source: LA Times and Abstract and Full paper available at International Journal of Health Geographics
From the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services website www.i-women.org. Cute and catchy song about keeping a defenseable space around your buildings.

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