To provide the U.S. horse industry the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to become proficient in the rescue of large animals, the Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program at Eastern Kentucky University will host the fourth annual Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training next spring.
A training seminar, open to the public, will run from April 22 to 24, 2008.
The training will educate fire/rescue personnel, first responders, veterinarians and horse enthusiasts about techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.
Instruction will cover the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, chemical restraint, rescue ropes and knots, rescue from horse barn fires, mud rescue, helicopter rescue and water rescue. The training, which consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training, qualifies each student to receive EKU’s FSE 489 credit for the class.
Due to the hands-on nature of the training, each large-animal emergency rescue seminar is limited to 30 participants.
A separate session on HAZMAT Decontamination of Large Animals is scheduled for the morning of April 25. This free session will cover the issues related to rescuing large animals that have encountered chemical, biological or radiological contamination.
To date, approximately 100 undergraduate students at EKU have successfully completed the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training course.
For additional information or to register for the training, contact Michael Shane LaCount at (859) 622-1009.
Thanks to Mark Cole from USRider Equestrian Motor Plan (www.usrider.org) for information about this program.