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Trainings & Scholarships

Our goal is to make our home, Sonoma County, and all rural areas, safer for animals and humans in emergencies and disasters. Find information here for on-line learning, real-time trainings, workshops, and other education opportunities. Updated frequently as trainings are added.

Trainings Opportunities

1/5/2020 - Animal Technical Rescue - Awareness Training

This course is required for all California firefighters and other responders planning to certify as Animal Rescue Technicians. This course provides the knowledge and skills to prepare to respond to an animal technical rescue in a safe and effective manner while sharing jurisdictional and functional responsibility with an authority having jurisdiction.

Instructor: Gary Johnson, ResQFAST, LLC.

TUITION: (Includes mandatory instructor/student ratio, student manual, and certification fees.) ATR -AWARENESS -$125
*National Park Service employees, fee is reduced to $20

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

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9:00am - 5:00pm

Location:

#1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 Chapter 9 and Annex J standards and covers the most likely animal species that first responders are called to rescue and manage: cattle (beef and dairy), horses, including working horses, (police mounts, SAR), companion animals and working dogs (SAR, K-9).

FSTEP ATR TECHNICIAN -PREREQUISITE: ATR-Awareness Course is mandatory to receive ATR Technician certification under California State Fire Training Certification System.

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ResQFAST@gmail.com

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ResQFAST.com

2/2/2020 - All-Hazards Health & Safety Awareness and Fireline Safety Awareness Courses

Session 1 - This 1.5-hour class covers basic safety and situational awareness in wildland and Suburban fire, flood, earthquake and other disasters. Other topics include natural/ propane gas, power line and hazardous material safety.

Session 2 - This 4-hour class covers basic Fireline Safety Awareness specific to wildland fires. Topics include fire behavior, the 10's & 18's, LCES, risk management, radio operations, incident mapping, entrapment avoidance and fire shelter deployment. Meets NIFC standards for RT-130, check with your organization for acceptance. For fire shelter training, wear comfortable clothes. Fire shelter training is physical and requires lying on the floor.

Students will receive a FREE Incident Response Pocket Guide and LCES sticker. A certificate of completion will be awarded to students at the end of the class.

Instructor: Gary Johnson, ResQFAST, LLC

Date:

Sunday, February 2, 2020

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9am - 4pm

Location:

Napa Valley College (Room TBD)

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TUITION: $20 per person

Payable to ResQFast, by check or cash due at check-in.

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ResQFAST@gmail.com

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ResQFAST.com

Napa CART New Volunteer Training 2/1/2020

Overview of Animal Disaster Response roles within Napa Community Animal Response Team. Pre-registration Required

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Saturday, Feb 1, 2020

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9:00am -12:00pm

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NapaCART.org

Napa CART Returning Volunteer Training - 2/2/2020

Overview of Animal Disaster Response roles within Napa Community Animal Response Team. Pre-registration Required

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Sunday, Feb 2,2020

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NapaCART.org

2/25/2020 - Animal Technical Rescue – Awareness Training

This course is required for all California firefighters and other responders planning to certify as Animal Rescue Technicians. This course provides the knowledge and skills to prepare to respond to an animal technical rescue in a safe and effective manner while sharing jurisdictional and functional responsibility with an authority having jurisdiction.

INSTRUCTORS: Gary Johnson, Lead Instructor for ResQFAST, LLC; John Maretti, Instructor

TUITION: (Includes mandatory instructor/student ratio, student manual, and certification fees.) ATR -AWARENESS -$125

Date:

Thursday, February 25, 2020

Time:

0800-1700

Location:

Chico Fire Training Center, 901 Fir Street, Chico, CA 95928

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FSTEP ATR TECHNICIAN -PREREQUISITE: ATR-Awareness Course is mandatory to receive ATR Technician certification under California State Fire Training Certification System. If you wish to still attend just the Tech. Day and not receive a California State Fire Training Cert., please email ResQFAST.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Open to Law Enforcement Officers, ACOs, Firefighters & Medics, Equine, Veterinarians, Animal Science & Vet Tech students, SAR Volunteers, Certified Riding Instructors, Equine Facility Managers, any others. ATR-Awareness Class limited to 56 students. ATR-Technician class limited to 24 students.

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ResQFAST@gmail.com

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ResQFAST.com

2/26-27/2020 Animal Technical Rescue - Technician Training

INSTRUCTOR: Gary Johnson, Lead Instructor for ResQFAST; John Maretti, instructor

This course is required for all California firefighters and other responders planning to certify as Animal Rescue Technicians. This course provides the knowledge and skills to prepare to respond to an animal technical rescue in a safe and effective manner while sharing jurisdictional and functional responsibility with an authority having jurisdiction.

This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 Chapter 9 and Annex J standards and covers the most likely animal species that first responders are called to rescue and manage: cattle (beef and dairy), horses, including working horses, (police mounts, SAR), companion animals and working dogs (SAR, K-9).

FSTEP ATR TECHNICIAN -PREREQUISITE: ATR-Awareness Course is mandatory to receive ATR Technician certification under California State Fire Training Certification System. If you wish to still attend just the Tech. Day and not receive a California State Fire Training Cert., please email ResQFAST.

Date:

February 26-27, 2029

Time:

0800 - 1700

Location:

Chico Fire Training Center, 901 Fir Street, Chico, CA 95928

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Open to Law Enforcement Officers, ACOs, Firefighters & Medics, Equine, Veterinarians, Animal Science & Vet Tech students, SAR Volunteers, Certified Riding Instructors, Equine Facility Managers, any others. ATR-Awareness Class limited to 56 students. ATR-Technician class limited to 24 students.

TUITION: (Includes mandatory instructor/student ratio, student manual, and certification fees.) ATR -AWARENESS -$125 ATR -TECHNICIAN -$350

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ResQFAST@gmail.com

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ResQFAST.com

Equine Handling for Firefighters and First Responders (Videos)

This series of videos for firefighters, forest service, and law-enforcement officers was developed to help first responders be safer in situations involving equines. Our goal is to help you extricate animals safely when the urgent need arises, when there are no experienced animal handlers on scene. The lessons demonstrated incorporate basic principles of risk management and scene safety with basic safe equine handling and behavior awareness.

1. Introduction to Horse Handling for Firefighters
2. Horse Movement and Situational Awareness
3. Horse Safety and Situational Awareness
4. Approaching, Haltering, and Leading a Horse
5. Leading a Horse
6. Nighttime Awareness

Education Opportunities

For information about continuing education opportunities visit the links below:

Sonoma County Animal Services - Animal Disaster Service Worker (A-DSW) Program
Disaster Service Workers (DSW) are volunteers who provide disaster relief service during a declared disaster. Disaster service is designed to aid in the response and recovery phases in a disaster emergency. It does not include day-to-day emergency response activities typically associated with, for example, law enforcement, fire services or emergency medical services. Animal DSW volunteers must be registered with Sonoma County Animal Services. For details download the A-DSW flyer

The Large Animal Rescue Co. provides professional training in Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAR).

UCD-IAWTI seeks to share and disseminate animal welfare knowledge with universities, veterinarians, first responders and the general public.

UCD-CEH is joining forces with the Western Institute for Food Safety & Security (WIFSS) and the International Animal Welfare Training Institute (IAWTI) at UC Davis to develop a training program for first responders and community volunteers.

WIFFS Animals in Disaster Courses will help prepare first responders and community members for animal related emergencies.

READY MARIN Marin County CERT and Get Ready programs teaching residents how to get prepared in case of a disaster or emergency.

RedRover Responders Volunteer Training - Specially trained RedRover Responders volunteers shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and rescued in criminal seizures from cruelty conditions, such as puppy mills or hoarding situations.

Red Cross of Northern California Volunteer Opportunities - Every dedicated Red Cross volunteer makes a positive difference. We invite you to explore the many volunteer opportunities available.

HALTER Scholarship

To request a HALTER Scholarship, please provide the following information:
Name, Email, Cell Phone, Agency, Area of Residence, Skills and Capabilities, ICS 100 and 200 Yes/No

Email to: rescue@halterfund.org

Online Trainings

FEMA IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

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Note: IS-100.b is an updated version of the IS-100.a course. If you have successfully completed IS-100 or IS-100.a, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

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The Emergency Management Institute developed ICS its ICS courses collaboratively with:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

Note: IS-200.b is an updated version of the IS-200 course. If you have successfully completed IS-200 or IS-200.a, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

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This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

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Online Course. This course is intended to help animal owners, care providers, and industries to understand incident management.

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA IS-111.A: Livestock in Disasters

This course combines the knowledge of livestock producers and emergency managers to present a unified approach to mitigate the impact of disasters on animal agriculture.

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams

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After completing this course, CERT Independent Study (IS)-317, you should be able to:

  • Identify key concepts that form the foundation for CERT operations
  • Identify principles and guidelines for CERT activities

This lesson provides an overview of the CERT role in disaster preparedness and response. It also covers what you will learn in other lessons about CERT organization and activities.

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)

The Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT) is an online catalogue of national NIMS resource typing definitions, job titles/position qualifications and Position Task Books (PTBs). National NIMS resource types support a common language for the mobilization of resources (equipment, teams, units, and personnel) prior to, during, and after major incidents. Resource users at all levels use these definitions as a consistent basis when identifying and inventorying their resources for capability estimation, planning, and for mobilization during mutual aid efforts. National NIMS resource types represent the minimum criteria for the associated component and capability.

National NIMS resource typing definitions, job titles/position qualifications and PTBs are easily searchable and discoverable through the RTLT. They can be downloaded in PDF format or directly used by third party software applications using the available Web Services Application Programming Interface (API).

Resource Typing Definitions are provided for equipment, teams, and units. They are used to categorize, by capability, the resources requested, deployed, and used in incidents. Measurable standards identifying resource capabilities and performance levels serve as the basis for this categorization.

Job Titles and Position Qualifications are used in the inventorying, credentialing, and qualifying of personnel. Credentialing is essential in validating the identity and attributes (e.g., affiliations, skills, or privileges) of emergency personnel.

RTLT includes a Web Services API in order for third-party systems to receive data from RTLT. If you manage or develop a third-party system and would like to utilize the RTLT Web Services API, visit the Tools page to learn more.

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FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)

Animal Technical Rescue - Awareness Level Course - Univ of FL- VetMed

Offered by the Univ. of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, this course contains information about techniques used for Animal Technical Rescue, including understanding scene size-up, recognizing the need for technical rescue, identifying necessary resources and determining how to obtain them, demonstrating equipment identification, recognizing the hazards associated with animal technical rescue, and describing the methods for mitigating these hazards. The course addresses topics covered by NFPA Standards 1670-17 and 1006-17.

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After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to: 

  •  Recognize NFPA standards related to Animal Technical Rescue.
  •  Recognize the role of the Incident Command System (ICS) in Animal Technical Rescue.
  •  Identify knots appropriate for use in Animal Technical Rescue.
  •  Identify equipment used in Animal Technical Rescue.
  •  Identify and recognize appropriate use of anchors.
  •  Recognize the role of mechanical advantage systems and how they are used.
  •  Identify techniques used for both low and high angle rescues of animals.
  •  Recognize behavioral cues of animals as they relate to Animal Technical Rescue.

The estimated amount of time needed to complete this course is 7 hours. This course is approved by the Florida State Fire College for 7 hours of continuing education units. It is recommended that participants complete this training within 1 week. On average this course takes participants around 7 hours of dedicated time to complete. 

No prerequisites are necessary for individuals participating in this course. This is the first in a three-part series: Awareness, Operations, and Technician Level. This course seeks to provide the foundation on which the subsequent courses will build.

This course seeks to provide training for individuals who may serve as first responders in an animal technical rescue scenario, including but not limited to: firefighters, police officers, animal control officers, and veterinarians. It may also be of interest for pet and livestock owners.

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College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
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