Least Resistance Training Concepts

Volunteers Training for Emergencies

  Large Animal Evac and Technical Rescue Exercises
May 20, 2012

With fire season approaching in Northern Nevada, it was time for the LRTC volunteers to get "tuned up" in techniques useful in relocating large animals safely and rapidly and to familiarize themselves with a lot of great new equipment that is now available thanks to a grant obtained by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Volunteers from Lyon, Storey and Douglas Counties participated along with some California volunteers who had previously assisted in Nevada incidents.

The instructor for this 6-hour set of exercises was Michael Connell.

This feature is intended to provide an overview of the day's activities. Improved images and links to more detailed information sheets will be added to this feature as they become available.

A couple of important notes:

  • Horses were used in this exercise however most of the principles practiced can apply to other forms of livestock.

  • This recap of events is not intended to serve as a substitute for qualified hands-on training.

  Rapid Removal Techniques

The exercises began by reviewing general trailer safety issues including proper coupling, use of safety chains, safe flooring and a recap of Nevada laws regarding equipment required on certain trailers (brakes, break-away brakes, lighting, reflector stands, etc.) Nevada's laws are similar to those in most other states.

(A separate information sheet is being developed on this subject and a link will be provided here.)

The trailer safety segment was followed by a review of personal safety equipment and procedures applicable to large animal removal operations.

(A separate information sheet is being developed on this subject and a link will be provided here.)

The safety reviews were followed by three scenarios for rapidly and safely haltering and relocating horses during "pressure situations" and when the environment is not easily controlled.

These scenarios included tying a quick halter, employing a triangle chute, deploying a modified chute for loading, and deploying a screen panel and chute for loading horses that are agitated and cannot be approached and haltered.

Setting up loading chutes utilizing panels carried on stock trailers.
Animals being unloaded in stressful situations similarly require safe containment.

Associated information: Rapid Evacuation Procedure Guide

  Portable Water Supply Trailer

Improvements to the Portable Water Supply Trailer were demonstrated. The trailer is now interoperable with standard fire service equipment. It carries some specialized equipment such as jetting wands that can be used to free animals stuck in mud as well as for other purposes. The trailer can now draft to obtain water from static sources and also rapidly dewater large tanks that would otherwise be too heavy to tip over, take too long to drain, and for situations where temporary tanks have to be relocated and the water needs to be saved and reused.

The Portable Water Supply Trailer can deliver water through various means.
Excess water can be either returned to the trailer tank or be redirected to another tank.
Shirley Allen practices with the "protection line."

Associated information:

Portable Water Supply Resource Guide

Portable Water Supply Procedure Guide

Continue to Part Two

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The training information presented in these information sheets and guides is offered for illustrative and volunteer refresher purposes only. It is not a substitute for actual hands-on training. Equipment was provided by the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Least Resistance Training Concepts. Funding for much of the training and equipment shown was made available through a grant obtained by the Nevada Department of Agriculture. For more information about training opportunities, please contact LRTC via email.

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