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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes.

NO REQUESTS

Roger Lauze of Nevins Farm, MA SPCA, will be teaching the following classes
Jan 19 LAR at Lancaster, PA C.A.R.T.
Feb 9 Equine ambulance training in Virginia
and the following speaking engagements:
Jan 26 U. S. Pony Club in Boston on his equine ambulance program
July 24 New England Animal Control Humane Academy on equine rescue
Contact Roger at rlauze@mspca.org

C&C Instructional Services, Redwood Valley, CA, sent the following.
Classes will be held in Ukiah, CA. Unit 1 is the prerequisite for Rescue 3 International's Technical Animal Rescue course.
Feb 15-17 Swiftwater Rescue Unit 1
Feb 22-24 Swiftwater Rescue Advanced Class
Contact Charlie Miller ufd6510@comcast.net or 530-713-9072 for more info.

Julie Munger, of Sierra Rescue, sent the following. Classes are Rescue 3 International certified.
Mar 10-12 Technical Animal Rescue Swiftwater & Flood Rescue
Sept. 5-7 Technical Animal Rescue Rigging
Quincy,CA www.sierrarescue.com for class details or to sign up

Eastern Kentucky University's Technical Large Animal Rescue classes.
April 18-20 Fire Sciences students only
April 22-24 Open to the public
April 25 HAZMAT Decontamination of Large Animals
For additional information or to register for the training, contact Michael LaCount at (859) 622-1009. www.eku.edu Fire and Safety Engineering Technology program. Nancy Elberty, of Kandu Acres in New Jersey, has set up this LAR class.
Check the website for further info, or call Nancy at 908-310-8313. Sign up now – it will probably fill quickly. Thanks, Nancy.


STORIES

Vicki Schmidt, of Frandford Mutual Aid Fire Training Association, sent the best documented rescue of a draft horse. With a little ingenuity, the rescue was successful. It will be listed on my site and Vicki's site, (when she's finished shoveling out from snow storms)

Captain Larry Collins, of the County of Los Angeles Fire Dept., sent the following article that will be posted on the website. Important information for Fire Departments, I think. The website posting will include pictures sent by Larry. Larry is also a lecturer, author, paramedic and USAR Specialist, to name a few of his accomplishments.

Animal Rescues, The Fire Departments Role.
Hurricane Katrina demonstrated something many of us have know for a long time: People love their animals (and they will sometimes refuse or delay rescue until their animals can be rescued as well); and the public expects the fire department to have a plan for rescuing animals as well as people in disasters and other situations. Many progressive fire departments learned that lesson long before Katrina, and it pays dividends all the time in terms of public support.

What is your local fire departments response when horses, dogs, and other domesticated or wild animals are reported physically trapped and in need of rescue! Is there an ethical responsibility to apply firefighter training and equipment (primarily intended for humans) to the rescue of trapped animals! What will local firefighters do when faced with someones horse trapped in the mud or in a deep canyon, or someones dog stuck in the crevice between retaining walls, or in a deep pit, often with the public and the news gathering to watch the incident unfold and to see who will provide help!

Does the local fire department have dispatch protocols to use when receiving reports of trapped animals! Are there procedures for them to follow!/ Are they trained to evaluate the situation, call for additional resources, and effect the rescue of trapped animals!

Many fire departments have developed elaborate protocols, training, and procedures for managing emergencies involving animals, and the trend continues to progress in this direction as it become evident that its part of the role of modern progressive fire and rescue agencies to have this capability.

As just one of many examples we can cite, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) has a long history of assisting animals in trouble by providing humanitarian rescue services in support of the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control, state Fish and Game officials, and other agencies. Over the years, L.A. County Fire Department personnel have been called upon to rescue cats, dogs, horses, cows, mountain goats, and seals from cliffs, waterfalls, tunnels, storm drains, quicksand, rivers and aqueducts, under buildings, within walls, and a wide variety of other predicaments.

The LACoFDs two Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces (USRTFs) have been involved with so many animal rescues on such a regularly basis that they carry a variety of tools for securing and rescuing animals, including Anderson horse rescue harnesses, dog snares, hobbles, and even snake-grasping tools. They work with the LACoFDs fire/rescue helicopters (also equipped with specialize equipment mated to the Anderson slings) to pluck horses and other large mammals from predicaments like steep ravines. They work closely with the County Department of Animal Care and Control, which dispatches a special team to help our Department rescue large animals. They have also responded with the City of Los Angeles Animal Control Departments DART (Disaster Animal Response Team), with whom they also train regularly.

The LACoFD Heavy Equipment Section and Lifeguard Division even have a plan for rescuing beached whales using a special sling harness suspended beneath a bulldozer blade, practiced annually.

As mentioned, its not only large animal rescues that are of concern. In the past year, L.A. County firefighters have been requested by concerned members of the public to participate in the rescue of trapped deer in two separate incidents. On April 15, 2006, Engine 102, Battalion 2, and USAR Task Force 103 were dispatched to a report of a deer stranded in a box-sided, concrete-lined flood control channel in the foothills of Claremont. The female deer appeared to have been washed out of the mountains during a rainstorm, and was lying cold and exhausted in the bottom of the channel with no apparent way out. Engine 102 requested the response of state Fish and Game and County Animal Care and Control. A veterinarian was also requested. Copter 12, returning from an other emergency, flew over the area to assess the situation for a possible helicopter rescue if it became necessary.

After assessing the situation, the decision was made to use USAR-103s "Anderson" horse harness (the pony-sized harness, one of three sizes carried on the unit) to lift the deer from the channel. They set up an Arizona Vortex, which served as a " high point anchor", to which a raising system was attached using a vehicle as the ground anchor. Then, in a choreographed sequence of events, the veterinarian shot a tranquilizing dart into the deers side to prevent it from bounding away when personnel entered the channel. A ladder was lowered in, personnel from USARTF103 descended and placed the Anderson Harness on the creature, who was raised out of the channel using the rope system. The deer was checked by a Fish & Game official before being released into the San Gabriel Mountains.

Just some examples of positive interaction between the animal rescue and welfare communities and the fire service.

Mark Cole, of USRider, has an article on LAR in Equestrian Networks online magazine titled, "Large Animals Equal Large Problems in an Emergency". Here's the link: http://www.equestmagazine.com/article04-01-a0.php


EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

What's new in the LAR market. Advertise your products here.


NEW LINKS

Julie Munger and her crew at Sierra Rescue in California have been added to the instructors page Please check them out and welcome them.

Todd Hoffman, accident scene safety expert, is addeding an overview of Large Animal Rescue to his website, www.sceneoftheaccident.org. Todd offers free information and training to emergency responders, so make sure all your local responders have his website link. Todd has a video clip of a plane landing on top of a car on the freeway that's hilarious.

Connecticut Horse Council has a free Horse 9-1-1 program to assist you in preparing your barn to be "fire safe". Its also an effective communication tool to provide local emergency personnel with your facility specifics in case of fire or disaster. It also serves as an educational tool to train firefighters in the safe handling of horses during fire, roadway and other emergencies. http://www.cthorsecouncil.org


LESSONS LEARNED

Information on what worked, what didn't work, what could have been done better at an incident, etc. Plus success stories where training worked. . or helped, etc


INNOVATIONS

Ideas on equipment, testing, training, etc.


OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Any social information to share so we can get to know each other better, or anything that doesn't fall into any of the above categories – a "catch-all".

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