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May 2011


Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. I will send out a monthly notice a week or so before the newsletter is due. I would appreciate it if you would send in your class schedules, along with contact information, at that time. Thank you. ALSO: You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to each student inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter



North Strabane Fire Dept., Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg). LAR Awareness for First Responders, and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email ed.childers@nstfd.org


TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior
LAR training by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Tomas and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html

May 14-15 Disaster Field Response, Wilkeson, WA training@washingtonsart.org

May 11-13 TLAER Operations Level
May 16-18 TLAER Operations Level
The above classes will be held at Virginia Tech University MARE Center @ Middleburg, VA - Contact Dr. Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu

June 20 Large Animal Cruelty Investigations Course, Charleston, SC Nicole Walukewicz at nwalukewicz@yahoo.com for more information or 864 940 0954
July 24 LAR for Rescue Professionals by Roger Lauze, Spencer, MA Contact: Andrew Cassavant, accattlecompany@yahoo.com 508-864-6102
registration at www.spencerdart.org/uploads/training_2.pdf

Sept. 15-16 TLAER TM Awareness Course RSPCA, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA. Contact MaryAnne Leighton www.equineER.com
Sept. 19 RSPCA NSW Conference, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and MaryAnne Leighton speakers. Sydney, AUSTRALIA Location TBA.
Sept. 24-25 TLAER Operations, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA Contact: Anthony Hatch NSW FIRE RESCUE anthony.hatch@fire.nsw.gov.au or Sonya Hatch SES at sonlee@tpg.com.au
Sept 30 - Oct 1 TLAER Awareness, University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA. Contact Julie Fieldler horsesa@horsesa.asn.au


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-13070379 UK fire service's new LAR unit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HRkAwN_oA&feature=share Here's a scary little video about boarding horses

This month's
"Large Animals in the News"


http://www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/services/control.html#larescue Good pics of LAR in California by Peninsula Humane Society from Jeff Christner

Trick question: If your horse's back end falls through a bridge, which way do you pull to get him out?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1376458/Ten-firefighters-sent-rescue-BIRD-stuck-tree.html?ito=feeds-newsxml Hawk rescue in the UK
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/firefighters-rescue-horse-trapped-in-pool-1.2625855 Horse rescued out of icy pool
http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=26798 Code 3 goes to Missouri to rescue flood victims
http://americashorsedaily.com/disaster-in-the-south/ Tornado rescue in Alabama


http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/crime-punishment/2011/04/pr-william-fire-crews-receive-animal-rescue-training Prince William County, VA training
http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=040061002930006390 another article on same training
http://www.necn.com/pages/landing?blockID=507954 Tufts Cummings veterinary students learn LAR skills
http://hamptonroads.com/2011/05/photos-how-do-you-help-horse-trouble TLAER's Aerial is SO famous it is amazing that she can fit her head into the trailer! Great articles
http://www.wvec.com/home/Va-Beach-animal-control-officers-learn-to-rescue-large-animals-121406229.html Article and video! http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18213 Boot camp for LSART at LSU Vet School.


http://www.electricalportal.co.uk/electrical_article11628.html UK horses killed by electrical fault
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9208217/police-horse-dies-while-on-patrol/ And in Australia, why don't they custom make shoes?
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/two-arrested-for-elephant-electrocution/623567.html And elephants
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/elephant-electrocuted-in-bolangir-district/648643.html Another elephant

"Road Train" collision
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/man-killed-in-cattle-truck-roadtrain-crash/story-e6frf7jx-1226039480136 Cattle killed in collision
http://www.prescottenews.com/news/kqna-news/item/18000-bills-daily-roundup-cattle-truck-accident-officer-involved-shooting "Tired driver" may be responsible for 24 dead cows in accident
http://www.thelocal.de/national/20110418-34465.html Three cows die after tire ruptures on Bavarian road
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1719515.html Drugged driver causes crash with truck hauling cattle
http://www.thekansan.com/newsnow/x1225326927/High-winds-cause-accident-highway-closure Wind blows over empty cattle trailer
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/killed-39286-others-four.html Two of 6 horses survive after tire separates on rig in FL.


Nothing here right now.


This just in from the US First Responders Assoc. Jodi Helmer writes:

I'm writing an article for Esperanza magazine (www.hopetocope.com) about depression among first responders. I'd like to interview first responders (both men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds) who have been diagnosed with depression and are willing to share their experiences. I'm interested in finding out how their job has affected their mental health, how depression is viewed in their field, what resources are available to assist them in coping, etc. I'm hoping that the U.S. First Responders Association can help me connect with suitable sources.

Contact::Jodi Helmer

Don't forget to sign up for the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue group on Facebook.


Due to an increase in horse trailer accidents over the past five years, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) have decided to start enforcing rules regarding trucks and trailers over a certain weight.

Many horse trainers, and others who make a living in this industry have been skirting the laws for years regarding the requirements of needing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). If you are driving a truck and trailer, and you are receiving money for it, if you have sponsors, if you are earning money at a show through training or winning money you are considered commercial.

The combined gross vehicle weight (CGVW) of your truck and trailer may also require a special licence classification. Any combination vehicle over 26,001 lbs. CGVW, when the trailer exceeds 10,000 lbs., requires a Class A operators license.

http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103889864854-55/scan.pdf Really great article on barn fire safety and rescues, featuring Laurie Loveman and Rebecca Gimenez. From Stable Management magazine


http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/five-years-in-jail-for-exposing-animal-abuses-in-minnesota/ New law in MN, Iowa and FL -- go to jail for 5 yrs if you turn in an animal abuser, including just documenting the SOUND of an animal being tortured!

http://www.mercyforanimals.org/events.aspx?event_type=10 Tour of rallies against animal cruelty

http://www.thesuburbannews.ca/content/en/9499 Canada's Animal Rescue Network needs help

http://www.thesuburbannews.ca/content/en/9499 ASPCA needs Equine Field Responders! You can find out more by contacting Allison Cardona at allisonc@aspca.org or 347-346-3712 It’s a great opportunity to use your horse skills in a meaningful way.



MaryAnne Leighton and Rebecca Gimenez will discuss LAR techniques at the RSPCA NSW annual conference on 21-22 September. While she is in Australia, Rebecca will conduct two-day awareness training courses in Brisbane on 15-16 September and Adelaide on 30 September-1 October and she will observe at a two-day course for SES volunteers to be conducted by Anthony Hatch on 24-25 September at Hawkesbury SES. Further dates are to be confirmed. For details of all training events go to www.equineER.com

To find out more about Technical Large Animal Rescue (removing animals from entrapment) go to www.saveyourhorse.com for North America; http://saferhorserescues.com for the UK; and www.equineER.com for AUS. The saveyourhorse.com site has lists of classes, products, safety articles, links. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter.



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