This distance learning module replaces the classroom portion of the Emergency Horse and Livestock Handling course. Participants are expected to review the material presented and complete a quiz before attending hands-on skills sessions. (The quiz is "open book" and is intended to ensure that all participants are aware of the risks involved and best safe practices.)
SECTION I: BASIC OVERVIEW
Emergency horse and livestock handling in emergencies often involves cooperation and coordination between agencies operating at an incident. While these course materials focus on animal control officer and qualified volunteer skills development, it is advantageous for responders from other disciplines (e.g., fire, law enforcement) to be aware of safety issues and best practices. It is important that everyone operating at a scene has some awareness as to what other responders and teams will be doing.
The greatest emphasis presented in this module will involve horses. Commercial livestock operators generally have a great degree of self-sufficiency. Small plot livestock owners, most notably horse owners, tend to have the greatest need for evacuation assistance with operations often requiring the protection of fire service crews as conditions deteriorate.