Information on Large Animal Emergency Rescue Response Teams, Training Organizations, Equipment and Supplies, Books, References, and other Resources
The recognition of the importance of safe large animal rescue is quickly growing. The prevailing attitude of large animal owners, whose animals are often pets or a large financial investment, is to demand the safe rescue and treatment of their large animals in emergency situations. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue is a guide for equine, large animal, and mixed animal veterinarians, zoo and wildlife veterinarians, vet techs, and emergency responders on how to rescue and treat large animals in critical situations while maintaining the safety of both the animal and the rescuer. This book is a must have reference for any individual who deals with large animals in emergency situations.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA - COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
This course contains information about techniques used for Animal Technical Rescue, including understanding scene size-up, recognizing the need for technical rescue, identifying necessary resources and determining how to obtain them, demonstrating equipment identification, recognizing the hazards associated with animal technical rescue, and describing the methods for mitigating these hazards. The course addresses topics covered by NFPA Standards 1670-17 and 1006-17.
The educational courses through FEMA Independent Study online are free. If you have an interest in assisting with animal rescue operations, emergency response and assistance in disaster areas, or how to communicate with emergency responders on an incident scene we highly recommended that you take the following online training courses and print the certificate of completion:
Provides specialized training and response to first responders on both small and large technical animal rescue, floodwater and swift water animal rescue, and more. They provide animal welfare rescue services and are available for deployment to natural disaster areas and large scale animal rescue operations.
Professional animal disaster response and resources.
To promote the safe extrication of large animals from various situations (barn fires, trailer wrecks, trapped in mud, loose on the road, etc.) and promote responders' safety when an incident results in dispatch.
ASPCA provides response and assistance to agencies with response to natural disaster areas and large scale animal cruelty cases. Training in aspects of animal cruelty investigations, emergency preparedness, and natural disaster response can be obtained online and in a classroom setting.
Volunteer with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team for assistance with animal cruelty investigation cases, large scale animal related rescue operations, and natural disaster deployments.
Quick reference guide for humane field euthanasia of livestock, wildlife, and other animals complete with written instructions, diagrams of landmarks, and more...
Slip Knot - Simple loop in rope's end, loosens when tail end is pulled.
Form a loop in the end of the rope. Prepare a bight in the short end. Tuck the bight through the loop and tighten. The knot can be used as temporary stopper knot.
Overhand Knot - The simplest of single strand stopper knots.
Form a loop and pass the end through it. Tighten it to form the Overhand Knot. When pulled tight it can function as a simple stopper knot.
Sheet Bend Knot - Joins two ropes of unequal, or similar, size.
Form a bight in the thicker rope (blue) and hold it in one hand. Pass the thinner rope (red) through the bight and behind the (blue) tail and standing ends in that order. Finally, tuck the smaller rope under itself to finish the knot.
Half Hitch - Used to tie a rope around an object and back to itself.
Form a loop around the object. Pass the end around the standing end and through the loop. Tighten into a Half Hitch which is designed to take a load (Arrow) on the standing end.
Clove Hitch - Simple "weak" hitch to attach rope to a pole or ring.
Form a loop in the working end of the rope. Place it over the post. Form a second loop identical to the first. Place it over the post and tighten.
Figure 8 Knot - Non-binding, quick and convenient stopper knot.
Pass the tail over itself to form a loop. Continue under and around the standing end. Complete the knot by passing the tail down through the loop.
Figure 8 Bend - Secure, simple method for joining two ropes.
The knot is dressed so that both the outermost turns are separated away from the two ropes they were crossing and tightened down inside their neighboring ropes.
Figure 8 Follow Through - Links to closed ring by re-threading technique.
Start by tying a loose Figure 8 knot. Pass the tail around the attachment point. Follow the original Figure 8 around the entire knot in reverse. Exit beside the standing end to complete a two stranded Figure 8 knot.
Figure 8 Double Loop - Stable double loop in the middle of a piece of rope.
With a long bight in the rope use two double loops to tie a Figure 8 knot. Then pass the end of the original bight under, up, and over the whole knot. Pull it tight to lock the two loops.
Handcuff Knot - Can be used as a rescue chair or animal restraint.
Use the rope to form two identical loops. Overlap them as though tying a Clove Hitch. Then thread each loop through the other loop and tighten. Insert the victim's limbs into the loops, tighten, and apply traction.
Butterfly Loop Knot - Secure loop in the middle of a length of rope.
Wrap the rope around your hand twice. At the end of turn one, position the rope close to your fingertips. Continue around and complete turn two back near your thumb. Pick up the turn near your fingertips.
Wrap it around the other two turns. Slide the knot off your hand and tighten by pulling on the loop and the ends.
Double Fishermans Knot - Securely joins two ropes of similar size.
Overlap the two ends. Wrap one end around both ropes two full turns. Then pass this end back through these turns and pull tight. Next pass the other end two full turns around both ropes. Pass this end back through and pull tight. Pull on both ropes to tighten the two knots against each other. The back view of the Double Fisherman's is extremely neat and symmetrical. When ropes of the same color are used, it appears that four identical loops encircle the junction.
Prusik Loop - Symmetrical 3-turn slide and grip (friction) knot.
Use a piece of cord formed into a loop. Pass the knot around the rope three times inside the loop. Make sure the turns lie neatly beside each other and pull the knot tight.
Square Knot - Simple way to join two ropes made up of two half-knots.
Take two ropes and cross them (red over blue) to form a half knot. Cross them a second time (red over blue again) and pull the ends tight to form the Square Knot.
Bowline Knot - Reasonably secure loop in a rope's end and easy to undo.
Form a small loop leaving enough rope for the desired loop size. Pass the end of the rope through the loop as though making an overhand knot. Continue around the standing end and then back through the small loop.
Halter Hitch (Quick Release Knot) - Quick release knot commonly used to secure a horse.
Start with a safety Baling-String loop. Pass the rope through the string loop, across in front, and then behind both strands to form a Rope-Loop. Pass a Bight through the Rope-Loop to make the Knot. For security pass the tailend through the Bight.
Water Knot - Joins two pieces of webbing strapping by re-threading.
Tie a loose overhand knot in the end of the strap. Thread the other strap in the reverse direction following the exact path of the first overhand knot. Pull the knot tight.
Girth Hitch - Uses a webbing loop sling to attach an item to a harness or other equipment.
Pass the loop of the strap around the harness, strap, or rope. Thread the other end of the strap through the loop. Make sure the strap lies neatly and then pull it tight.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF ROPE NEEDED TO MOVE AN ANIMAL:
?-Feet Distance to Move the Animal (raised/lowered/dragged)
x (multiply by) the Number of Returns (Reeves) through the entire
+ (add) 1 for the single Haul Line
+ (add) 4-Feet Allowance for the Hardware in System
= (equals) Total Amount of Rope (Feet) Needed to Move the Animal (raise/lower/drag) ?-Feet Distance
4HLAS Facility / Farm ICE Form (pdf)Download
4HLAS In Case of Emergency (ICE) / Limited Power Of Attorney (POA) for Animal Healthcare Form (pdf)Download
4HLAS In Case of Emergency (ICE) / Limited Power Of Attorney (POA) Form for Non-Owner Transport (pdf)Download
4HLAS In Case of Emergency (ICE) / Limited Power Of Attorney (POA) Form for Owner / Agent Transport (pdf)Download
4HLAS Limited Power of Attorney for Animal Healthcare (pdf)Download
4HLAS Facility / Farm Fire Prevention Checklist (pdf)Download
4HLAS Facility / Farm Emergency Pre-Plan Info (pdf)Download
4HLAS Large Animal First Aid Kit (pdf)Download
4HLAS Basic On-Hand LAR Equipment List (pdf)Download
4HLAS LAR Guidelines and Equipment List (pdf)Download
4HLAS Resource List Recommendations (pdf)Download
4HLAS Trailer / Transportation Incident Response Guidelines (pdf)Download
Equine Vital Signs (pdf)Download
Accidental Hypothermia Considerations in Large Animal Rescue (pdf)Download
4HLAS Hurricane Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations (pdf)Download
Disaster Preparedness Info (pdf)Download
Basic Concepts in HazMat Decon for Large Animals (pdf)Download
Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (pdf)Download
Equine Health Check List (pdf)Download
"Golden Hour" of Large Animal Rescue (pdf)Download
Guide to Managing Risks when New and Inexperienced Persons Interact with Horses (pdf)Download
Safe Handling of Large Animals (pdf)Download
Horse Examination Guidelines (pdf)Download
Equine Sedation, Anesthesia, and Analgesia (pdf)Download
Equine Field Anesthesia (pdf)Download
AVMA Guidelines for Euthanasia of Animals (pdf)Download
Procedures for Humane Euthanasia of Livestock (pdf)Download
Rope Rescue / Rigging - Knot Strength (pdf)Download
Rope Rescue / Rigging - Knot and Cord Strength (pdf)Download
Guide to Trailer Tying (pdf)Download
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