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NOVEMBER 2012 Newsletter


EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) classes include Basic Equine Awareness and Response, Large Animal Rescue Operations, and Large Animal Ice Rescue. Schedule and information are available at http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php
LAR training is provided by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
P*P*P*P Reality Based Emergency training is provided by Tori Miller and Kelly Sigler: NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior www.wavetrekrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and various trainers, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html
WASART training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team www.washingtonsart.org


NOV 15-18 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be speaking at Equitana, Melbourne, Australia 15th-18th –Rebecca will be assisted by MaryAnne Leighton, and will conduct two Large Animal Rescue demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday of Equitana. You can meet these ladies on the Horse SA stand in the Epsom Pavilion.

NOV 10-11 Prior*Proper*Preparation*Prevention Reality Based Emergency Training, Sunnyside Equestrian Center, Middletown NJ Please go to www.kellysigler.com for details and updates on whether the class is still on
NOV 17 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners, Canonsburg, PA (just outside Pittsburgh) hosted by The Washington County Animal Response Team. This is a Community Outreach Program and fund-raiser for the Team. $25 includes lunch. Contact: ed.childers@nstfd.org or 724-745-1010 Held at the North Strabane Fire Dept., I’m going! How about you??
DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com
DEC 11 Euthanasia Certification, Colombia, SC National Animal Control Association http://www.nacanet.org/euthanasia.html for more information
DEC 12-15 TLAER Awareness and Operations including HAZMAT, TEEX facility in College Station, TX Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com
JAN 26-27 TLAER Awareness, U. of Illinois College of Vet Med. Champaign-Urbana, IL Contact - Stacy Whitton, LATRatILVetMed@gmail.com 303-815-3414




Our friend, Jane Levine in Washington, DC, reminds all of those who are working in the LAR field to “count your wins, not your losses.” When you get discouraged by all the horror stories you read about or the failed rescues you respond to, remember Jane's wise words. Thanks, Jane.

From USAToday: MaineAuburn: An Auburn woman is getting ready to open her new business of composting large animals, such as horses and cows, for their grieving owners, the Sun Journal reported. The goal of Compassionate Composting Inc. is to produce a commercially viable compost that can be sold to wholesalers, or even to the animal's original owner, who can use it in their own gardens. Founder Michelle Melaragno says state law for disposing of dead horses and cows is complex and expensive, and for many people, misunderstood. She hopes to open her business in mid-November. You can "like" this business on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CompassionateComposting This is one of the smartest things I've heard of in a long time. Good luck, Michelle!

Lorraine Truitt of Horse Lovers United in MD, is in need of some financial help and homes for the rescues. With the downturn of the economy and so many horses losing their homes, her rescue is inundated. www.horseloversunited.com Check her out and give her a hand.

Rebecca Gimenez reported in from "down under" -- Working hard - having fun in between - traveled five flights since I got to Sydney 3 weeks ago - this is last weekend
http://www.horsesa.asn.au/zdocument/file/2958/flyer_2012_Equine_rescue_workshop.pdf and this is the couple of fundraisers I am doing .... and this is the BIGGEST news - NEXT year we are doing an INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE here on TLAER! http://www.equineer.com/2013-international-large-animal-rescue-conference-in-australia/ Have spent some time with firefighters. vets. trailers (floats) and boxes of all shapes and sizes. equine dentists. boarding stables. Stallion owners. Riders. Visited various types of facilities, vets and watched lessons of dressage, eventing, and show jumping. It is spring so I have met several new foals. Listened to speakers and clinicians. Trail rode in the mountains of Tasmania. Got on an Andalusian stallion. My brain is on FULL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chandra Davis in TN says: I am going to be Instructing at a Large Fire Conference next year. Mine was one of 795 proposals submitted. I called first to inquire what was required to teach and if they would be interested in a Equine/Large Animal Rescue. They asked me to submit. This is the first time an Awareness Level Class is being held at this conference.

"Large Animals in the News"


http://deltafarmpress.com/livestock/first-responders-prepare-large-animal-rescues Training in MS
http://www.cfaconnect.net.au/news/large-animal-rescue-workshop.html Nice article from "down under" about LAR training, including this wonderful picture by Duncan Russell

http://www.northfulton.com/Articles-NEWS-c-2012-06-11-193665.114126-sub24323.114126-TLAER-practices-getting-horses-from-mud-pits.html Story on training in GA


http://www.in-cumbria.com/rescue-operation-saved-horse-s-life-1.1003397?referrerPath=news-archive Success!
http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2012/10/14/horse-rescued-after-falling-swimming-pool Rescue in UK. They have WILD horses there???
http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2012/09/13/blind-horse-survives-25ft-fall-hole Rescue from sinkhole in TN
http://www.myfoxal.com/story/19783092/horse-rescued-from-sinkhole-in-springville Another sinkhole rescue, this one in AL
http://manningham-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/lucky-escape-for-wonga-park-horse/ Horse from ditch
http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/gazette/pakenham/371/story/155040.html Horse out of drain
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/watercooler/article/219826/108/Horse-rescued-from-the-mud-in-Florida Horse falls off bridge
http://manningham-leader.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/community-rallies-to-save-horse-stuck-in-wonga-park-ditch/ Australian horse in ditch. Picture gallery of rescue
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/11/02/firefighters-work-to-rescue-horse-stuck-in-hole-in-carbon-canyon/ Horse out canyon in Calif. Video

A picture is worth a thousand words…. Or a few pictures. Great rescue!

And finally, two elephant rescues http://www.elephanttrust.org/node/972 (video of rescue) and http://www.elephanttrust.org/node/971 article of another one


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-01/man-killed-in-canberra-horse-accident/4289042?section=act Man trampled at transport show
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/1271460 Sign of the times: hay stolen
http://www.clicklancashire.com/news/local-news/1213585-man-killed-by-horse-in-lancashire.html and
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/10023247.Man_kicked_to_death_by_horse_near_Edenfield_is_named/ On a busy roadway in the UK, owner dies after getting into trailer with panicked horse
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/skateboard-racer-collides-deer-article-1.1172517 Deer and skateboarder
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woman-calls-north-dakota-radio-station-article-1.1187373?localLinksEnabled=false Dangerous to put those deer signs where there’s a lot of traffic!


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-13/news/ct-met-horse-fire-20120413_1_horse-owners-gelding-barn Bunch of horses die in barn fire
http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/11/2368259/horse-barn-destroyed-in-jessamine.html Barn destroyed, no horses injured

Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com PLEASE install a sprinkler system in your barn!


http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/horse-on-float-killed-in-car-rollover-20121010-27cph.html Trailer rollover in Australia
http://deltafarmpress.com/livestock/livestock-trailer-accident-interrupts-training-class Follow up story about MS rescue attended by Tomas Gimenez. (100 cows on a transport that crashed)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7756945/Horse-put-down-after-float-tips-over-on-road Another Aussie rollover
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/09/24/313807_ntnews.html Another Aussie rollover
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/one-woman-remains-in-hospital-after-horse-drawn-vehicle-accident/article_154236f3-e109-59da-bc25-236346f18f78.html#ixzz2BC5bAB13 Woman in SUV plows into the back of a wagon killing two horses and injuring 3 people. At NOON???
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local-news/navarre-man-seriously-injured-after-horse-trailer-crash-1.43553 Another crash in the middle of the day



http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/trailer-brakes/ The laws on trailer brakes by state
http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/546b48e7#/546b48e7/1 The fall issue of Hitch Up is now available. Please check it out. It’s from USRider and contains a ton of great information


http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/09/new-free-mass-casualty-emergency-care-program-available.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyOctober52012 Free videos available, such as the mass casualty one featured on this page

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121102151952.htm Weighing benefits vs. costs in defending against disasters
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/10/22/whatever-you-do-dont-panic.aspx Rebecca's blog reminds us, "Whatever you do, don't panic"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VUrMnbZ5hU&feature=BFa&list=PL1ED02CD2D07FC556 This is just SO cool! Surgery on Youtube. This one is on the horse's face, but stay tuned and learn how to castrate. Many more videos


http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20753 a chronicle of rescues by LSU during Hurricane Isaac

http://www.examiner.com/article/virginia-horse-population-creates-need-for-equine-emergency-response-plan Virginia horse population creates need for equine emergency response plan


LAR's friend Becky at the Thai Animal Sanctuary (yep. That's in Thailand!) is about to start their education program. TAS is trying to raise money to do a long term sterilization of the thousands of dogs/cats in need in her country. The TAS program will include elements on my pet first aid class, in the hopes that by educating pet owners they can relieve some of the huge burden on the Sanctuary. Please help as much as you can. Times are tough everywhere, but even more so here. If you can't donate, please pass this message along on your Facebook page. Thanks. The campaign is here; http://www.indiegogo.com/thaianimalsanctuary


Nov.15-18: Equitana Melbourne. Rebecca Gimenez, assisted by MaryAnne Leighton of Equine Emergency Rescue, will conduct two Large Animal Rescue demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday of Equitana. You can meet these ladies on the Horse SA stand #473 in the Epsom Pavilion

http://horse.org.au/ List of training sessions at Horse SA in Southern Australia

Nov.10/11: Queensland Horse Council two-day operations level course with Rebecca Gimenez at Waterford Pony Club, Brisbane. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Please contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
Nov.12/13: Australian Horse Keeping Conference, Melbourne. Rebecca Gimenez speaking. Enq: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au or Mob. 0402488306
Nov.13: Horse SA information evening at TabCorp Park, 2 Ferris Road, Melton, Victoria, starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets at the door on the night $20 or save by booking online up until 3pm on the day of the event http://www.trybooking.com/BRYV (30¢ booking fee applies) – general admission $12/person, Emergency Services, Police, RSPCA, zoo, DPI or local government (in uniform on the night) and Horse SA financial members $5/person
Nov.14: Horseyard information evening with Rebecca Gimenez at Pakenham Racing Club, 61 Racecourse Road, Pakenham, Victoria, starting at 7.30 p.m. General admission is $12/person. Emergency Services, Police, RSPCA, zoo, DPI or local government (in uniform on the night) and Horse SA financial members $5/person. Book online until 3pm on the day of the event at http://www.trybooking.com/BSPD (30¢ booking fee applies)
Dec.3: Large Animal Rescue Info Night - The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta West 6 – 7 pm. Enq: Julie Fiedler Mob. 0402488306

Big news for "down under". International Large Animal Rescue Conference 2013, Nov 2-3 at the U of Adelaide. Register your interest to receive further information as available:
And even bigger news! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-01/breakthrough-hendra-virus-vaccine-released-for-horses/4345200 A new vaccine for Hendra virus available in Australia for horses. Four people and 80 horses have died from this bat-borne disease

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.374736108246.153858.746098246&type=3#!/SAHorse Have you "liked" the SA Horse Federation page? Here's a picture from it

http://horse.org.au/ The Horse SA website lists TLAER training sessions and check this out -- International guests Alayne Blickle from HorsesforCleanWater (USA) and Dr Rebecca Gimenz (Large Animal Rescue USA) are two speakers at the upcoming Australian Horse Keeping Conference. Info on the site.

Horse Welfare Inc trained with TLAER last month. Here's the crew of expert Large Animal Rescue personnel with the Clarence Town RFS CAT 1 Fire truck Photo by Pollyanna Photography


Queensland Horse Council has received a significant grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to purchase Large Animal Rescue equipment and for training expenses. President, Debbie Dekker, says, “Queensland Horse Council does not intend to become a rescue organisation. This generous grant will enable us to establish a ‘library’ of equipment that is freely available to emergency responders, equine veterinarians, Biosecurity Queensland and RSPCA Inspectors in South East Queensland to enable them to perform safe rescues. It will enable us to disseminate knowledge and provides a starting base for QHC’s Large Animal Rescue training courses.”

A rescue training mannequin called Hoss is in production and is expected to pack his crate in about four weeks for the long ocean voyage from the UK. Hoss is named for the Horse Owners’ Signal System (HOSS) database that allows QHC to contact horse owners, clubs etc. in times of disease outbreak, fire, flood, or other emergency in Queensland. Hoss is buckskin, weighs in at 200 kilos and will spend his life happily teaching emergency responders and others how to rescue large animals trapped in mud, an overturned horse float, a swimming pool, septic tank or water tank, cliff, gully or ditch, without putting themselves in danger or injuring or killing the trapped victim.

The equipment and training will contribute to awareness of rescue techniques that reduce the risk of injury and death to all who are involved in rescuing horses from life-threatening situations. It will empower these people by removing their fear of the unknown and giving them the knowledge, tools and confidence they need to carry out safe and efficient rescues using the simplest, safest and most low-tech approach – including not using horses’ fragile heads, necks, tails and legs as ‘handles’ to pull them from danger, practises that often result in the death of the horse.

Hoss and the rescue equipment will form an important part of the Queensland Horse Council Large Animal Rescue Roadshow, enabling QHC to tour Queensland (and other states as required) with presentations, displays, demonstrations, information sessions and one-day Large Animal Rescue awareness workshops for those who want to know this life-saving information. If you would like to attend or host a workshop, please contact Debbie Dekker president@qldhorsecouncil.com

Queensland Horse Council represents the Queensland horse industry to local, State and Federal Governments and has proved itself to be dedicated to informing and educating the public. During recent Hendra virus outbreaks, QHC distributed information, conducted seminars, cooperated closely with Biosecurity Queensland and assisted at affected sites. It was instrumental in gaining funding for the development of a Hendra vaccine, coordinated the distribution of flood relief donations last year to affected horse owners and maintains an excellent information system for the horse industry.


http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dog-rescues-other-dogs-stuck-in-canoe-video.html Dog rescues dog video
http://www.wimp.com/herodog/ And another one -- oldie but goodie. You gotta love watching this story.

http://www.coolestone.com/media/4799/Horse-Paints-Amazing-Self-portrait/ Painting horse


Here's a great article from the WASART newsletter written by Greta Cook, WASART Operations Leader. She's the one who took the class.

What, railroad safety you say? We learned about crossing railroad tracks in driver’s education class and we cross tracks on a regular basis. We probably don’t think much about it unless there is a train passing and we have to wait or we hear about a car/truck and train collision. At a recent Rail Safety for Responders course, put on by Operation Lifesaver and hosted by the City of Ruston, I was reminded just how dangerous trains can be and learned some information that is useful in everyday life as well as during an evacuation event or rescue such as rounding up loose livestock.

Safety tips and facts when operating around railroad tracks from Operation Lifesaver:

  • Trains have the right of way 100% of the time over emergency vehicles, police, vehicles and pedestrians. Slow down, look and listen before crossing.
  • All tracks are always active! Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times and passenger train schedules can change. Assume the track is active even if it looks rusty and has weeds growing in it. Even during a disaster, assume track is in use.
  • A train traveling at 55 mph can require 2 miles to stop depending upon load and terrain.
  • About every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
  • Looks can be deceiving; an optical illusion makes trains appear to be farther away and slower moving than they actually are.
  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Companies such as Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) own the land under the tracks and approximately 50’ from centerline of the track on either side. Trespassers can be fined and arrested.
  • The only legal, safe place to cross tracks is at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
  • Today’s trains are quieter and don’t produce the telltale “clickety clack” that we may expect.
  • Trains can move in either direction and may be pushed or pulled. Look for 3 bright headlight on the front of the train.
  • Trains extend 3’ or more beyond the rails and can have cables, chains or other protrusions that extend the safety zone well beyond 3’ from the rails.
  • Emergency Notification Signs are posted at railroad crossings. To report a stalled vehicle or other emergency, call the number listed and give the dispatcher the US DOT crossing number.
  • Black and white crossbuck railroad signs are regulatory and must be obeyed the same as any other roadway sign. They are a yield right of way sign. They will have the number of tracks designated if there are multiple track.
  • A stopped train can block your view of an oncoming train on another track. Just because one has stopped doesn’t mean the other will do the same.
  • Trains can legally block a crossing from 10 to 15 minutes up to 3 hours. Call the emergency number to get train to move during an emergency.
  • Some horse trailers and other low clearance vehicles can get stuck on “humped” crossings where tracks are higher than the road grade. If you see this warning sign, don’t attempt to cross, find another route. Also be aware that you may have been able to cross without a loaded trailer but now that you are loaded with animals or equipment you may get stuck.

  • To stop a train due to an emergency on or near the tracks: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) emergency number 800-832-5452
  • Contact the railroad emergency number and give the dispatcher the USDOT number (6 numbers and a letter) or railroad mile marker (not the same as highway mile markers) and type of emergency. If there are multiple tracks, ask that they contact the adjacent track owner if they do not own all tracks at that location.
  • Call 911 for additional assistance.
  • If a stalled vehicle, get all humans and animals out of vehicle and move far away from tracks. If a train is going to impact the vehicle, move in the direction the train is coming from as debris will fly everywhere upon impact. Leaving animals may be necessary to save human life.
  • Communication problems may interfere with contacting trains so always send flagmen at least 2 miles from scene in each direction. Upon sighting the train, vigorously wave a fuse, bright colored cloth or reflective object parallel to the ground, about waist high to signal train to stop.
  • Place at least 1 spotter at the scene to look for oncoming trains in both directions.
  • Do not park any vehicles on tracks at any time.

Operation Lifesaver has several articles and PDF files of safety information for drivers, equestrians (useful for all livestock haulers), and emergency responders. They offer free presentations to the public. www.operationlifesaver.org WASART is working to schedule a Rail Safety presentation early next year.

Thanks, Greta. And thanks to WASART for sending it in.

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