Least Resistance Training Concepts


Nevada is an incredible state but it has a number of challenges when it comes to horse safety in emergencies. A high percentage of suburban and rural residents own horses and many areas are at risk of fast moving wildfires, flash floods and general flooding. The terrain is rugged and access can be difficult during emergencies. Since 1989 LRTC has trained and operated a horse emergency response team (H.E.R.T.) that has been utilized for many types of horse emergencies.

Rescuing a range foal whose dam died of West Nile Virus.
Rescuing horses, donkeys and other animals during the Centerville Flood.
  Equipment Inventory

Horse Trailers

Horse trailers permanently assigned to the team include four stock type trailers capable of "rough road" service. They each have the capacity to haul four large horses and up to 12 weanlings. Three of the trailers can be divided by ceiling-to-floor dividers into separate compartments for transporting horses that are not compatible with each other. Two trailers are equipped with loading / holding panels that can be used to safely load difficult horses or establish temporary holding corrals. One trailer has storage for specialized equipment, veterinary supplies, cattle marking crayons, etc.

Technical Large Animal Rescue Training in Douglas County.
This "core" compliment of equipment is often augmented by other experienced volunteers with their own stock trailers, depending upon conditions and risks.

Technical Rescue Trailer (Rescue 3)

Rescue 3 carries a wide variety of rescue, extrication and aid tools and equipment, including personal safety gear. It is typically pulled by the Jeep that also carries tools and supplies.

Cashing out the rescue gear.

Portable Water Supply Trailer

The PWS is a 400 gallon military spec water trailer with pump and portable water tank, specialized water powered rescue gear, specialized air powered rescue gear, defensive firefighting hoses and tools and a portable stock tank for use during temporary sheltering of animals. The PWS can also draft from ponds or streams.

Supplying water powered rescue equipment.

Portable Corral Panel Trailer

The Portable Corral Panel Trailer is a flat bed trailer typically stocked with 168 feet of portable corral panels and a second flat bed trailer that can transport hay, supplies or an additional cache of portable corral panels.

Dedicated portable corral panel trailer.

This and other response equipment are described in greater detail on the Strike Team LRTC page. Specialized transport

Specialized transport for neonatal and injured foals is provided by means of specially configured trailers as well as a crew cab pickup with a "foal cage" located behind the front seats.

Relocating an orphaned foal at the end of a long day.
  Support Supplies

Field operations are supported by a cache of supplies. Included are:
  • Helmets
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • High visibility vests
  • Personal alarm devices
  • 2-way radios
  • Flashlights (including two 500,000 cp spot lights)
  • Glow sticks
  • Halters
  • Leads
  • Rescue rope
  • Life line
  • Webbing and carabiners
  • 36" bolt cutters
  • Fence repair supplies
  • Clipboards and animal movement forms
  • Animal first aid supplies
  • "Air for Paws" animal resuscitation units
  • Personnel first aid supplies
  • Water
  • Energy bars
Rapid deployment supply locker.
Plus a host of miscellaneous supplies. In addition the team has available a variety of plastic and cardboard portable dog and cat crates of various sizes.
"Jump" bag.
"Hasty" supplies.
Team members have historically participated (and helped conduct) volunteer training with regional agencies, and the team operates under ICS-220 operational guidelines.
Extrication and lifting training using an A-Frame.
Packaging for transport.
Safe loading training for horses, llamas and other livestock.

LRTC's H.E.R.T. typically responds with crews of two volunteers assigned to each trailer, however crew levels can vary according to volunteer availability at the time of any given emergency. If assigned to a staging area, crews can be adjusted according to the complexity of assignments. The entire team can work together for larger assignments or individual units can be deployed by the requesting agency or Staging Area Manager for smaller assignments. The basic "compliment" is often augmented by additional qualified volunteers and their trailers. This flexibility increases the functional usefulness of the team.

The Mounted Rescue Team

The mounted team responds to rescues and searches that due to the terrain and conditions need to be conducted on horseback. They also occasionally assist the county's Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team.

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