LRTC Horse Emergency Response Team Information Sheets and Resource Guides
These information sheets and procedure guides are primarily intended for persons associated with or working with the LRTC Horse Emergency Response Team. However, this information may be useful to other groups or private individuals who may wish to prepare for emergency activities involving horses and other large animals.
Everyone working with large animals and rescue equipment during training and actual emergency conditions should always exercise common sense, caution and safe practices. The descriptions provided below are for basic orientation and familiarization and are not a substitute for formal hands-on training or personal responsibility when working with and around large animals and specialized equipment.
Local Responder and Animal Owner Training
(2017 Division of Emergency Management hands-on classes will be posted once they are scheduled.)
Note: We realize that it is difficult to locate information sheets within our matrix of web sites and sections. (The whmentors site alone has over 700 web documents in 34 separate subject folders and the associated domains have about 5,000 archived documents.) However we are in the process of reorganizing the indexes so that you don't have to use a search engine to find the information you want. If you discover a document that contains information that contradicts contemporary practices, please email us so we can look into it. Please include the URL for the document in your report.
The scenarios listed below are for illustrative purposes only. Their purpose is to familiarize readers with modern and safe approaches in dealing with large animal rescue situations. The information presented is not a substitute for qualified hands-on training. Some of the techniques shown can be hazardous if not applied correctly. Please take all of this information as "awareness level" only! Thanks.
We feel that it is appropriate to pay memorial tribute to Capt. John Nunes of the Contra Costa (California) Fire Protection District. John was significant in motivating many of us to become involved in technical large animal rescue and evacuation activities.
John passed away on April 4, 2009, from a service related illness. His legacy includes the continuum of career personnel and volunteers who train so that they can help animals and their owners when serious emergencies and disasters strike.