4/26 IL/WI - Large Animal Rescue Awareness at McHenry County College

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 26!

McHenry County College Fire Science department, in cooperation with the Illinois Fire Science Institute, is offering a Large Animal Rescue Awareness training on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8am-noon at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

Illinois and Wisconsin are home to a wide variety of large animals (horses, cattle, pigs, goats, llamas, alpacas, exotics, etc.), and McHenry County has the highest concentration of horses in the state. However, large animal incidents can occur in any location or on our roadways at any given moment, requiring the seamless coordination of multiple governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and civilians to ensure a swift and safe resolution to the incident. Attendees will learn how to safely and effectively handle large animals in emergency situations, and how to evaluate their properties for safety and preparedness.

Topics will include:
• incident prevention and evacuation planning
• understanding large animal behavior (in normal settings and under stress)
• understanding large animal restraint
• large animal scene management
• containment and capture of loose large animals

This class will be presented by Dr. Deke Carls of the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). He is a firefighter as well as a large animal veterinarian, and brings both perspectives to this lively and information-packed presentation designed to provide information to successfully manage a large animal incident.

Class is free and open to the public (some images and discussion topics may upset children).

Please email hgruba@mchenry.edu for a copy of the flyer to share with others.

To register go to: http://bit.ly/1iBDGEL or call: 815-455-8565

For more information contact:
Henry Gruba
Fire Science Department Chair
McHenry County College


BUMP! Only two weeks to go! Don’t forget to register :slight_smile:

BUMPING one last time - this class is this Saturday!

We spend untold amounts of time and money to ensure our equine partners have the best of everything possible – nutrition, health care, training, equipment and environment. However, how much time do we spend preparing for emergencies? Do you know how to best help your horse if you are involved in a trailer accident? Or get stuck in the mud while trail riding?

Large animal incidents can occur anywhere at any given moment — on roadways, at shows, on the trails, at home — requiring the coordination and cooperation of multiple governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and civilians (with varying levels of knowledge about large animals) to ensure a swift and safe resolution to the incident.