Animal Disaster Responder (ADR) Level III

Course Details

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These are elective courses; in order to receive the Animal Disaster Responder certificate, 40 hours must be completed within this level. Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as standalone courses.

Wildland Fire Awareness (S-130, S-190, LS-130)
2 ½ Days (20 hours)
This course is taught by a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified instructor. It includes S-130 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior; S-190 Firefighter Training and LS-130 Human Factors on the Fire Line courses which will give you the basic knowledge needed to work on or around wildland fire lines. This course is the prerequisite for obtaining a Red Card. Wildland fire training includes practical scenario exercises related to the safe integration of containment personnel and resources. Exercises also encompass the animal responder’s role in using proper safety techniques while maintaining situational and environmental awareness.

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
2 Days (16 hours)
Materials hazardous to animals and humans can come in many forms. This class will give you an awareness of sources of contamination, how to handle different types of hazardous materials, decontamination and what personal protective equipment to use.

Animal Rescue in Floodwaters (ARF)
2 Days (16 hours)
Rescuing animals from floodwaters can bring about its own set of challenges. This course gives you both classroom instruction and in-the-field training. You will learn about the hazards of working in floodwater, personal protective equipment (PPE), other equipment needed for the job, the challenges of animal rescue in flood water, boat operation and safety and decontamination procedures for animals, humans and equipment. Equipment needed: Gloves and boots for water, dry suit,water helmet, approved personal floatation device (PFD).

Confined Space (C/S)
2 Days (16 hours)
Many times in field operations animals disappear down a hole, in a culvert or under a building. This class is designed to train field responders to enter confined spaces and retrieve animals. You will learn to recognize confined spaces, assess safety issues, the roles and responsibilities of team members, use of monitoring equipment, and use of safety equipment. This two day class includes one day in class and a one day practical exercise. Equipment needed: Gloves, helmet with light, heavy boots.

Trench and Compromised Structure (TCS)
2 Days (16 hours)
As a field rescuer you need to know if a trench or culvert is unsafe or a structure is compromised and unsafe to enter. This class will give you classroom instruction and hands-on scenarios to improve your skills at recognition and rescue. Equipment needed: Gloves, helmet with light, heavy boots.

Ice Rescue 
2 Days (16 hours)
Every year people and animals fall through iced over ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Unfortunately, in many cases human life is lost trying to save an animal that has fallen through the ice. All first responders and rescuers need to know how to affect a rescue without becoming a victim themselves. Participants will learn the proper techniques to affect a rescue from cold or ice covered waters. Instruction will include safety considerations and how to use normally available and specialized equipment. Techniques specific for animal rescue will be demonstrated and performed. Equipment needed: personal flotation device (PFD), full dry suit, thick-soled water booties or sneakers, water or climbing helmet (this must cover the back of the head and drain water), heavy/sturdy gloves for climbing, hiking boots.

Technical Animal Rescue (TAR) 
3 Days (24 hours)
Rescuing an animal should not place the rescuer at undue risk. The Technical Animal Rescue (TAR) course is an intensive three-day, hands-on course that teaches how to rescue an animal without becoming a victim. Participants will learn basics of incline rope and water rescue of people and animals. Knots, rigging, rope work and equipment for low angle rescue and techniques for working in flat or slow water will be demonstrated and practiced. All of this will be done while also learning how standard and specialized techniques can be used to rescue frightened, trapped or injured animals. This class is designed for animal control officers, humane officers, animal welfare workers, fire and rescue disaster workers, law enforcement officers, veterinary professionals and anyone who may be called to assist animals in trouble. Equipment needed: personal flotation device (PFD), fullwet suit or dry suit, thick-soled water booties or sneakers,water or climbing helmet (this must cover the back of the head and drain water), heavy/sturdy gloves for climbing, hiking boots.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) 
3 Days (24-30 hours)
The initial emphasis of this course is on self-rescue skills and covers rescuing and extricating an accident victim from the water. Skills learned include safely swimming in swiftwater and maneuvering so as to negotiate river hazards and obstacles at various water levels; handling small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on tether; understanding swiftwater rescue team organization and the response of the victim; knowing the responsibilities of law enforcement and on-scene leadership; fording shallow and fast-moving water utilizing various techniques; crossing deep, slow-moving and fast-moving water utilizing basic climbing gear, small boats, and combinations of the two; and utilizing climbing and technical rescue gear applicable to swiftwater rescue. This intense course includes one day of classroom instruction followed by two days of developing and practicing water rescue skills. It provides the fundamentals of swiftwater rescue and is recommended for anyone who may assist with swiftwater rescues.

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