Vehicular Rescue Involving Animals

Vehicular Rescue Involving Animals Session Reference: 1 Time Required: Three to Six Hours Materials:    • Animal Transport Vehicles    • Animals    • Vehicular Extrication Tools and Equipment...


  1. Known locations

  2. Known hazards

C. Scene Size-Up

  1. Confirm dispatch information

  2. What is involved - people and animals

  3. Can the incident be handled with current resources

  4. Are specialized resources needed

  5. What hazards are present

  6. How can rescue be performed without moving vehicle

D. Scene Safety

  1. Safety of rescue personnel

  2. Safety of the public

  3. Safety of the animals

 

II. Hazard Control (1-2)

A. Utilities

  1. Downed or impinged wires

  2. Damaged poles

  3. Energized wires

B. Fire or fire potential

  1. Extra fuel in animal container - hay carried in front portion of trailer

  2. Location of fire

  3. Prevent ignition

C. Vehicle Stability

D. Animal Stability

E. Smoke and Odors - can affect how the animal reacts

 

III. Support Operations (1-3)

A. Scene Control

  1. Crowd control

  2. Personnel accountability

  3. ICS

B. Lighting

  1. General scene lighting

  2. Work area lighting

C. Control and Containment of Animals

  1. Equipment needed

  2. Personnel needed

  3. Means of control and containment

D. Technical Assistance

  1. Animal owners/breeders

  2. Animal transporters

  3. Veterinarians

  4. Animal rescue organizations – local organization or animal control authorities

E. Specialized Equipment

  1. Trailers

  2. Harnesses and bridles

  3. Slings

  4. Rope

 

IV. Gaining Access (1-4)

A. Stabilize Vehicle

  1. Trailer

      a. Identify contact points for stabilizing

      b. Stabilize towing vehicle and trailer

      c. Use normal stabilizing equipment and techniques

      d. May require stabilizing within vehicle to minimize movement of partitions or collapse of container

      e. Monitor shifting of load

  2. Self-Contained Unit

      a. Identify contact points for stabilizing

      b. Stabilize unit

      c. Use normal stabilizing equipment and techniques

      d. May require stabilizing within vehicle to minimize movement of partitions or collapse of container

      e. Monitor shifting of load

B. Use Normal Means

      a. Front, side, or rear doors or ramps

      b. Windows

C. Avoid Injury to Animals

      a. Use tools that produce least noise and vibration

      b. Note location of animals to avoid injury

D. Calm Animals

      a. Animals may be affected by noise and gasoline odors

      b. Use cotton in pieces of nylon stocking to fabricate ear plugs

      c. May require application of odorant such as Vicks to nostrils to minimize odor of gasoline

      d. Utilize personnel knowledgeable with animals to assist

      e. Animals can react violently (bite, kick, scratch) due to constraint, possible injury, and effort to

          become free

E. Confirm Assessment

      a. Number of animals involved

      b. Condition of animals

      c. Location and position of animals – may require rescue in a certain order

      d. Obstacles or obstructions to rescue

 

V. Emergency Care (1-5)

A. Consider People and Animals

B. May Require Specialized Care Including Administration of Sedatives

C. Rescue, Euthanasia, or Recovery

 

VI. Disentanglement (1-6)

A. May Require Interior Stabilization

  1. Interior partitions

  2. Multiple levels

  3. Exterior covering

  4. Openings - doors and ramps

B. Determine Order of Removal

  1. Multiple animals

  2. Location of animals

  3. Path of removal

  4. May require assistance to determine rescue and save potential

C. Make Sufficient Size Opening

  1. Plan openings for removal

  2. Note position of animals

  3. Minimize actions such as unnecessary noise and vehicle movement that would upset animals

D. Plan Operation

  1. Avoid damaging structural supports

      a. Look for rivet lines

      b. Tap on metal to identify structural supports

  2. Avoid harm to animals

  3. Consider using existing openings, even if enlarging required

  4. Use roof flap if vehicle on side

  5. Use side wall flap if vehicle upright and existing openings not useable

E. Select Tools Carefully (avoid unnecessary noise and vehicle movement)