(PRWEB) May 30, 2006 -- Palmetto Equine Awareness & Rescue League (PEARL) is teaming up with Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez to bring Technical Large Animal Emergency Response (TLAER) training to South Carolina.
“ After Katrina, everyone realizes how woefully unprepared we are to manage any disaster most especially with animals added into the equation... ”
Nicole Walukewicz, Chair of PEARL said, “Drs. Gimenez travel all over the country to teach first responders such as firemen, police, EMT’s, veterinarians, horse rescue groups and members of USAR, V-MAT, SART and CART members how to properly and safely extract large animals from accidents.” "It amazes me that South Carolina has not latched on to this valuable resource before given the number of equines in our state”.
Drs. Gimienez have trained their horses and their llama, Dexter to cooperate in the trainings which allows the participants to learn
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on live large animals. This training teaches the participants how to extract horses and livestock from overturned trailers, contain animal loose on highways, extract them from ravines or mud and how to safely manage the scene using incident and command techniques.
In past courses across the nation participants have included the State Veterinarians, Firemen, facility veterinarians from several University Veterinary Hospitals and Large Animal Hospitals as well as the Brevard Zoo in Florida. This month, Dr. Tomas Gimenez had several members of Homeland Security and the CIA attend a class in Connecticut. “After Katrina, everyone realizes how woefully unprepared we are to manage any disaster most especially with animals added into the equations.”, continued Ms. Walukewicz. “With the new legislation adding the requirement that animals and owners not be separated, large animals also become part of the evacuation and rescue process.” “We hope all of our Emergency Preparedness authorities in the state take advantage of this course before the need for it arises”. “Anyone who works in the ‘horse rescue’ industry should take this class as well. Animal Control and volunteers do not respond to calls about healthy horses and this training addresses how to move a sick, injured or downed large animal”.
The three-day training is being offered at the T. Ed Garrison Outdoor Arena from August 22nd 2006 through August 24th, 2006. Applications may be obtained through PEARL by calling (864) 287-9939 or sending a request to PEARL, P.O. Box 362, Sandy Springs, SC 29677. The hands-on spaces are limited to 30. Continuing Education
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