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People who need to learn about how to rescue large animals in emergency situations should attend a 16-hour, hands-on, large animal technical rescue certification class Oct. 4 and 5 at the state Fairgrounds in Geddes.
The course will be taught by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. She has many years of hands-on experience in these situations.
The class will feature instruction in practical considerations, behavioral understanding, specialty equipment, techniques, methodologies and tactics that should be used for the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments like trailer wrecks, water, mud, barn and wild fires in local emergencies and disaster areas.
Major course emphasis is on livestock and horses, being the most encountered large animal at an emergency incident. This program also covers incidents where people may be trapped with their animals.
This course combines classroom instruction with a variety of audio/visual and demonstrations to help people:
** Be prepared both at home and while on the road for emergencies by having basic first aid, emergency
response equipment, and a resource list complete with contact numbers readily available.
** Have an emergency plan, practice implementing that plan as you would a fire exit drill in the home.
** Learn to post emergency contact information for offices and by land-line telephone locations so that the
information is accessible to all.
** Educate you to keep petroleum products in a separate barn from hay and bedding if possible to reduce
fire/fuel loads to protect your animals where they are housed.
For more information, go to www.4HoovesSMART.com or www.tlaer.org
Class space is limited, so call Mark Burger at the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District at 457-0325 for required pre-registration, list of equipment to bring and more information.