Animal Disaster Responder (ADR)

Certified Animal Rescue Training

The Animal Disaster Responder (ADR) training courses provide in-depth, certified animal rescue training for Humane or Animal Control Officers, Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) responders and those who respond to the needs of animals during manmade and natural disasters. These courses have classroom instruction and practical scenarios on working with companion animals, livestock and exotic animals in a safe manner.

We have revamped our curriculum to meet the guidelines for Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) responder requirements.

 

Classes Include
Click on the course name for description and details.

½ Day (4 hours)

This course introduces the fundamentals of search and rescue as it relates to human safety and animals in a disaster situation. Within this course, the students will be instructed on new guidelines for training relating to ASAR as well as introducing new federal resource typing standards for animal response. The new standards allow for better integration of animal responders with more traditional response efforts. The course includes a table top exercise in planning for an ASAR response.

This half day course satisfies the 4 hour ASAR requirement for “Intro to SAR”.

½ Day (4 hours)

This course introduces the basic understanding of the risks and procedures associated with hazardous materials and zoonotic concerns that may be present in a disaster compromised environment. Instruction will cover the various categories of hazardous materials, the different levels of PPE for the hazard encountered and ways of identifying the material and proper safety steps to be taken with the help of the Emergency Response Guidebook.

This half day course satisfies the 4 hour ASAR requirement for “Awareness Level HAZMAT”.

2 Hours

This course provides the ASAR responder, Humane or Animal Control Officer with an awareness level in emergency assessment and stabilization of an injured animal. Students will be instructed on how to asses an animal’s injuries utilizing a 2 minute evaluation and how to relay that information to the veterinarian. We will cover assessment, triage, stabilization and movement of animals we may encounter during a disaster. This section includes classroom instruction and practical assessment of animals.

This course satisfies the 2 hour ASAR requirement for “Pet First Aid (Awareness)”.

2 Hours

This course provides the basic techniques and procedures to utilize during the decontaminating process, for animals as well as people and their equipment during a disaster or in the normal course of the day. Instruction will cover the three types of decontamination procedures as well as different types of solutions used for different pathogens and current recommended methods for disposing of the waste material.

This course satisfies the 2 hour ASAR requirement for “Animal Decontamination”.

1 Day (8 hours)

Responding to a rescue during the normal course of the day or being deployed to a disaster situation can put both humans and animals in harm’s way. Learning to be safe in these situations is a must for any professional or volunteer responder, day hiker or adventurer. The BOSS class introduces you to the fundamentals of Search and Rescue and will give you the basic skills to understand weather patterns, warning signs and precautions for severe weather, and basic fire safety.

Equipment Needed: Boots and gloves.

This one day course provides 8 hours of ASAR training requirement towards the “Fundamentals of SAR”.

1 Day (8 hours)

In this course you will be instructed on the types of disasters that can affect your area and what problems those disasters can cause. You will then learn about the different sheltering options, how to set up a shelter, working with volunteers, supplies and donation management, dietary needs, procedures for tracking animals, basic health protocols, custodial responsibility and laws for animals that may affect the ASAR responder, Humane or Animal Control Officer.

Emergency Animal shelter training includes four hours of tabletop and interactive exercises for the ASAR responder, Humane or Animal Control Officer on the development of co-located and intake facility development for displaced animals. Exercises include proper documentation associated with planning financial and logistic needs during the event.

This one day course satisfies the 8 hour ASAR requirement for “Animal Emergency Sheltering”.

½ Day (4 hours)

Stress management is an essential skill all responders must have in their everyday work as well as during disaster response. Learning how to take care of yourself and your fellow co-workers is one of the most essential skills you can learn. This training includes exercises to increase awareness of self and staff stressors while minimizing their effects during and after the event.

This course provides 4 hours of ASAR training requirement towards the “Fundamentals of SAR”.

1 Day (8 hours)

This animal behavior and handling course provides instruction on the safe handling of companion and large animals that are under stress, using humanely acceptable techniques. Through class instruction and hands-on exercises you will learn common behavior, body language and flight zones, handling precautions, fear and aggression warning signs, signs of stress, methods of capture and restraint used by the responder.

Equipment needed: Gloves, sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots.

This course provides 4 hours of ASAR training requirement towards the “Fundamentals of SAR”.

 ½ Day (4 hours)

This class will cover the commonly encountered organisms that may be hazardous to responders and animals as well as specific diseases that could be used in bio-terrorism. Emphasis will be placed on what is normal and how to recognize what is abnormal. Personal protective equipment and bio-security will be demonstrated.

This course provides 4 hours of ASAR training requirement towards the “Fundamentals of SAR”.

2 Days (16 hours)

When it comes to small companion animals, rescuers can usually count on enough strength to overcome most situations. But what happens when the victim is up to ten times your weight? This training gives classroom and hands-on instruction with some of the large animals we rescue. Students will learn how to safely deal with large animals in emergency situations; affect a rescue by modifying and using equipment they already have; types of specialized equipment that can make rescue more efficient; rope and harnessing systems to move large animals; and what to do with them after you rescue them.

Equipment needed: Gloves, sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots and helmet.

This two day course satisfies the 8 hour ASAR requirement for “Awareness level of Large Animals”; the “ROCKS” course may be added upon request for additional hands on training

Click here for a full description of the BULL class.

½ Day (4 hours)

When preforming an ASAR operation or daily duties, whether in an urban or rural environment, is challenging. This class will orient you to the basics uses of a GPS, in addition to a compass and maps use to navigate new locations. Students will work through practical situations using a map and compass in a new environment, simulating a real disaster response that a responder finds in an unfamiliar location. This class examines the basics of both road maps and topographic maps used in emergency situations.

Practical scenarios will differ given class locations. Map and compass provided.

This course provides 4 hours of ASAR training requirement towards the “Fundamentals of SAR”

1 Day (8hours)

This class is designed to wrap the students into the basics of rope rescue knots and mechanical advantage used by both ASAR responders, Humane or Animal Control Officer and fire department personnel. Based on the family of figure eights and simple mechanical advantage systems, this class offers participants a chance to examine in detail commonly used rescue knots and haul systems used in both technical small and large animal rescue. Scenarios may include instruction in extricating a “dummy” horse from a hole or incline and/or rigging a technical advantage to move a heavy load. In rescue, safety comes first! Know your knots so you can haul your weight!

Equipment needed: Gloves, sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots and helmet.

This one day course satisfies the 8 hour ASAR requirement for “Low Angle Rope Rescue”; this course may be added to BULL upon request for additional hands on training

2 Days (16 hours)

This course builds upon the ASAR skills received in low angle rope rescue and animal behavior taught in the prerequisite BULL class. Students will receive training in the advanced skills of rope rescue of people and animals. This highly involved hands on training provides instruction in, situational safety and incident assessment, rope and harnessing systems, mechanical advantage riggings, extraction techniques, low and high angle rescue and techniques for safe handling of animals during extractions.

Equipment necessary for class: sturdy hiking boots or work boots, heavy/ sturdy gloves for rope work, climbing/safety helmet, clothing appropriate for adverse conditions.

Prerequisite – must have attended a BULL class or equivalent.

This two day course satisfies 16 hours of ASAR requirement for “High Angle Rope Rescue”.

1 Day (8 hours)

Materials hazardous to animals and humans can come in many forms for responders. In this course you will be given ASAR technician level instruction in identifying sources of contamination, how to handle different types of hazardous materials, decontamination and what personal protective equipment to use.

This one day course satisfies the 8 hour ASAR requirement for “Awareness Level HAZMAT”.

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 slackwater training. You will learn about the hazards of working in floodwater, personal protective equipment (PPE), other equipment needed to preform ASAR tasks. Instruction also includes challenges of animal rescue in flood water, boat operation and safety and decontamination procedures for equipment.

Equipment needed: Gloves and boots for water, dry suit, water helmet, approved personal floatation device (PFD).

This two day course satisfies the 16 hour ASAR requirement for “Slackwater”.

2 Days (16 hours)

Many times in ASAR operations animals disappear down a hole, in a culvert or under a building. As a responder, you need to know if a trench or culvert is unsafe or a structure is compromised and unsafe to enter. This class is designed to train students to enter confined spaces and retrieve animals. You will learn to recognize confined spaces, assess safety issues, the roles and responsibilities of ASAR team members, use of monitoring equipment, and use of safety equipment. This two day class includes one day in a classroom setting and two days of practical exercise.

Equipment needed: Gloves, helmet with light, heavy boots.

Prerequisite – must have attended a RAM class or equivalent.

This three day course satisfies the 24 hour ASAR requirement for “Compromised Structure Rescue”.

3 Days (24-30 hours)

This training will provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to affect a safe and successful rescue while working in and around moving water. Skills will include understanding water hydrology, safe swimming and maneuvering to avoid river hazards. The course also includes instruction in small boat handling, use of ropes and throw bags while executing a safe rescue. One day of classroom instruction and two days of practical water training.

Equipment needed: Gloves and boots for water, dry suit, water helmet, approved personal floatation device (PFD).

Prerequisite – must have attended an ARF class or equivalent.

Click here for a full description of the Swiftwater Rescue Technician class.

2 Days (16 hours)

This course is cooperatively taught by Code 3 Animal Rescue Specialists and a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified instructor. Training is comprised of animal emergency management issues focusing on urban interface during wildland fire events. Instruction includes relevant studies from S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and S-130 Firefighter Training. Participants will examine the challenges related to animal evacuation and response considerations for both small and large animals.  “AFTER” training will include practical scenario exercises; and discussions pertaining to hazard mitigation while maintaining situational awareness.  This course is developed to enhance firefighter skillsets; as well as providing animal emergency responders the ability to better integrate with primary responders on scene. Additional training opportunities include Hasty Evacuation Animal Response Techniques (HEART) and Large Animal Sheltering and Transport (LAST).

This 2-day course satisfies the ASAR requirement for “Wildland Fire Safety for the Animal First Responder”.

Certification
These classes are taught in partnership with Colorado State University for certification. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for continuing education credits from Colorado State University. Veterinary professionals may apply to receive CEUs from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. These courses are all ASAR compliant and meet NFPA standards.

Faculty
The ADR faculty may include Jim Boller and qualified adjunct instructors.

 

Dates, Location, Cost
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Stay Tuned, classes are being scheduled regularly.

 

Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a class in your area.

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