The mounted team members and their horses encounter diverse range conditions. In addition they often work with, or under the direction of federal, state or local officials. The riders and horses have to handle the terrain and the riders have to have a working knowledge about basic large animal rescue and how emergency services work as well as requirements for operating within Lyon County Sheriff's Search and Rescue.
Some activities take place in remote locations and in steep country.
The horses have to trailer safely over some pretty rough roads and Jeep trails.
The horses have to be able to work "solo" (without other horses) for long periods.
The horses can't get excited when wild horses or livestock run by.
The horses can't get excited when challenged by stallions.
The horses have to handle crowded, noisy situations.
The Volunteer Riders
In addition to possessing appropriate back country equestrian skills and meeting NASAR Mounted SAR Tech standards, the volunteer riders are certified in:
- A.H.A. CPR and BLS Provider
Required to meet state basic EMS standards.
- Technical Large Animal Rescue
Awareness Level required (Course time 2 days, CEUs, 16)
Operational Level preferred (Course time 3 days, CEUs, 24)
- IS-10a Animals in Disasters, Awareness and Preparedness.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 3.5 hours CEUs, 0.4)
This course focuses primarily on animal owners but is a foundation for IS-11a, the course for shelters and responders.
- IS-11a Animals in Disasters, Community Planning.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 4.5 Hrs. CEUs, 0.5)
This course focuses primarily on emergency management officials and care providers (animal volunteer groups.)
- IS-111a Livestock in Disasters.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 3.5 Hrs. CEUs, 0.4)
This course focuses primarily on large animals and livestock.
IS-100b Introduction to Incident Command System.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 3.0 Hrs. CEUs, 0.3)
This course explains the Incident Command System, the standardized operating system that professionals and volunteers must work within during significant emergencies.
IS-809 Emergency Support Function.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 1/2 Hr.)
This course explains the role of emergency support units such as Search and Rescue during emergency incidents.
Traffic Incident Management.
(On-line. Avg. course time, 10.0 Hrs.)
Critical information, federal standards and safety procedures when working in or near highway / roadway traffic.
The following courses are recommended for group and team leaders.
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