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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

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REQUESTS

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STORIES AND NEWS ABC News online has a video on aging tires that may have you checking your horse trailer tires, as well as your vehicle tires. http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4826897 ************************************

Cindy Cross-Greenia, Vt. Horse Council, sent the following story. Thanks Cindy.

This past Wednesday I received a call from a concerned citizen to tell me that there was a moose trapped in a gorge here in Underhill. She had contacted me because she knew I had assisted with a horse rescue in the area a few weeks before and was hoping I could orchestrate the rescue. I explained that I would have to contact the game wardens as they have control over wildlife but I would offer assistance and see if they could use our Large Animal Technical Rescue equipment.

The fish and game wardens agreed that they needed our equipment and my assistance as Colchester Tech was short on manpower but they had called in help from the national guard mountain division. We agreed to meet at the gorge at 12:00pm and begin rescue operations.

The bull moose who was estimated to be between two and three years old and 800 pounds was trapped within a series of rock cliffs about 25 feet down. The mountaineers from the national guard rigged a system of ropes to the fish and game truck equipped with a winch and the plan was to use the rescue glide to bring the moose up over the cliff while using planks to make the incline less steep.

The moose was darted and tranquilized and then strapped to the lift which was then manually guided onto the planks. All was going well until the winch burned out and he had to be manually pulled over the cliff with only seven people to do so (one of those people was me).

The moose was then pulled up the trail on the glide until we reached a flat point in which to remove the glide and reverse the tranquilizer. Unfortunately the reversal drug did not work and at 3:30pm the fish and game wardens left the very sleepy moose in the custody of myself and Jennifer Silpe, our town constable. Jennifer and I took turns watching the moose and trying to wake him up (all the time remembering that he was a dangerous wild animal) I finally left at 8:00pm as it had been a very long day and Jennifer called me at 9:45pm to say that our moose who was affectionately named Stubby had woken up and walked away unscathed but a little dopey.

It was very exciting to be involved in this rescue and see all our efforts in purchasing this equipment come to use and evolve into a happy ending. When I originally started this project it was with the intention of rescuing domestic animals but it just goes to show we will truly be helping a variety of LARGE animals no matter what the species.

Check out the website for the pictures.

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Nothing new here.

NEW LINKS

Jim Green sent a link to the presentation that he and his colleagues gave at their conference. Great stuff, Jim! Hope you have more of the same – and let us all know so we can start planning our trips to the UK to coincide with your conference! http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/theservice/operations/incidenttypes/animalrescue/animalrescueconference.htm

The Incident Command System (ICS) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_command_system

ICS has been around since the 1970s and is an integral part of any incident response. In order to be understood, accepted, and possibly participate at the scene of an incident -- whether emergency or disaster -- you will need to understand the system.

ICS consists of procedures for the management of the overall incident(s) and the mechanism of controlling personnel, facilities, equipment, and communications. It is a system designed to be used or applied from the time an incident occurs until the requirement for management and operations no longer exist. ICS is interdisciplinary and organizationally flexible to meet the following management challenges:

Meet the needs of incidents of any kind or size (expands or contracts)
Allow personnel from a variety of agencies to meld rapidly into a common management structure with common terminology
Provide logistical and administrative support to operational staff
Be cost effective by avoiding duplication of efforts.

ICS was developed in California, and is widely used throughout the US, Canada, and in the UK. New Zealand and Australia have implemented similar systems, and The United Nations has recommended the use of ICS as an international standard.

FEMA offers free ICS training at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100.asp. Dont be the only kid on your block who cant interact with emergency responders! Train now!

INNOVATIONS

Nothing new here.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)

DID YOU KNOW?
That it takes 8 months to a year to grow out a whole hoof?
That horses have:
205 bones – 54 vertebrae, which have the same sections as ours: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccyx; and 18 sets of ribs. There are 20 bones in each limb. 32 pairs of chromosomes 36–44 teeth – 12 premolars, 12 molars, 12 incisors, plus canine and wolf teeth

DID YOU KNOW?
Another little tidbit that I just read in a respiratory book put out by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, a company that manufactures drugs for horses. Horses at rest: avg. 15-25 breaths per minute and inhale over 25 gal. of air per minute. Horses at work: avg. 150 breaths per min and inhale over 400 gallons of air/min.

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Michelle Staples: Since Im personally thinking of disasters – we're smelling smoke every day and one of the fires (10 miles away) near us was out of control for a week – the question comes to mind about adding a page for disaster information on the LAR website. Would you be interested in having this information available to you? What should it contain? Would you be interested in contributing to it? Let me know: info@saveyourhorse.com

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Rick Tobin's Road To Ready show 7/4/08 was on fire safety. The show provides valuable information about how you can reduce your threats from fire. (http://www.ricktobin.com/roadtoready/).

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