EQUINE NEWS

Fire Prevention and Emergency Rescue Training for Racing Industry & Fire FightersMarch 2017



Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

Guelph, ON – Equine Guelph is hosting two upcoming hands-on clinics with internationally recognized instructor Dr. Rebecca Gimenez of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc. (TLAER). The first offering, Tuesday April 25 and Wednesday April 26, 2017, at Mohawk Racetrack will be open to the general public and will be of particular interest to those involved in the racing industry including racetrack personnel. Then on April 28 – 30, a large animal rescue operational level course at Meaford Fire Department will be available for active fire fighters.


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For the Horse Racing Industry

Participants in "Fire Prevention and Emergency Rescue Training for the Horse Racing Industry" will be making an investment in safety to help protect both horses and industry workers. Thanks to generous funding from Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and support from Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Equine Guelph has been able to organize this workshop for all three sectors of racing: Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse.


Dr. Gimenez has travelled from the U.S. to Ontario in the past to teach highly successful TLAER workshops, resulting in lives saved just months later. In this special offering, the program will include emergency rescue training specific to risks associated with racing including; incidents involving starting gates, loose horses and on-track injuries. Best practice responses appropriate to trailer and stall incidents will be covered. In addition, a strong emphasis on fire prevention and evacuation procedures will also be included.


The horse racing industry from all over Ontario are encouraged to participate, including: racetrack personnel (especially security, facility managers and track maintenance staff), training facility managers, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and first responders.


Thanks to the kind funding from GRAS and OMAFRA and support from WEG, the tuition is available for only $125 + hst.


WHERE AND WHEN:
Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, ON
Tuesday, April 25 to Wednesday,
April 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Registration is now open online and will be limited.


For more information contact Susan Raymond 519-824-4120 ext. 54230 slraymon@uoguelph.ca


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For Fire Fighters

Dr. Gimenez is making her fourth return visit since 2014, working with Equine Guelph to bring Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training to first responders in Ontario. Together with Grey Highlands and Meaford fire department, this specialized 3-day hands-on “Large Animal Rescue Operational Level Course” will be offered to active fire fighters, April 28 – 30, 2017.


Internationally renowned for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) training, Gimenez says, "Many organizations that participate in TLAER programs do not realize how far reaching this program is - that it concerns situations from loose horses on the highway, to cattle truck rollovers, to animals trapped and needing professional extrication. The most important feature of the program is safety for the people on the scene first."


This intensive course sets up scenarios where safety knowledge and techniques are practiced, including vital positioning to stay clear of the head and kick zone of the legs. Understanding the behavioural instincts of fight or flight and learning how to utilize rescue straps so as not to injure the horse while maneuvering are just a few of the topics covered.


Dr. Gimenez emphasizes the importance of participants taking the knowledge and techniques learned from the TLAER workshop back to their industry in order to improve upon the emergency rescue success rate. “It is really not about the animal in these situations," says Gimenez, “It’s about people and how we interact on scene, how we prepare, train, and equip ourselves and our organizations, and how we network at levels above and below us beforehand that will ultimately make the difference to the animal."


Presented by Grey Highlands and Meaford Fire Departments and Equine Guelph, this upcoming workshop is available for active fire fighters only for $275 + hst.


WHERE AND WHEN:
Meaford Fire Department Training Centre, Meaford, ON
Friday April 28 (evening),
Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017

Registration is now open online and will be limited.


For more information contact Susan Raymond 519-824-4120 ext. 54230 slraymon@uoguelph.ca


Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole.

For further information, visit EquineGuelph.ca.