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Trainings & Education

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.

Training Opportunities

Scholarship Request

Understanding Livestock Behavior (Virtual)

Offered by Code 3 Associates

Animals in disasters have elevated stress levels and once you understand how livestock think, move and handle stress, we can provide them necessary care.

Tuition is free.   This is a required course for all Emergency Large Animal Shelter and Decontamination Deployment Teams at Code 3.  

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February 6, 2021

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7am-8:30am

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Code3Associates.org

ALL-HAZARDS HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS with BASIC FIRELINE SAFETY (Virtual)

Instructor: Gary Johnson
TUITION: $30 per person
Scholarships are available by emailing rescue@halterfund.org

or going to: halterproject.org/scholarship-request-form-2021

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February 27, 2021

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10am-1pm

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VIRTUAL - Zoom

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ResQFAST.com

Animal Decontamination Overview (Virtual)

Offered by Code 3 Associates

Animal decontamination has become increasingly more important as households continue get more pets. The community often includes horses in what they value as a companion animal as well as other livestock.  Thousands of animals per year are affected by events that require proper decontamination to improve quality of life and increase an animals chance of remaining healthy. This 1-hour animal decontamination overview course lays the ground work for responders to understand the decontamination process.

Catastrophic events could require the decontamination of tens of thousands of pets and other animals.  All types of animals are affected during a disaster and need proper decontamination to remain healthy and active.

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March 6, 2021

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7:00am-8:30am

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Code3Associates.org

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

Basic Training for Volunteers

For information about continuing education opportunities visit the links below:

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. In a disaster, Animal DSW volunteers are requested by the agency having jurisdiction for animal rescue and care. To learn more check with your local Animal Care and Control agency, or national and international programs that provide Animal Disaster Response assistance.

Many regions have a Community Animal Response Team, (CART), and some CERTs also provide Animal Disaster Response. Look for the CART and/or CERT in your area.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Online training available in English and Spanish.

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

Huff Technical Training specializes in animal handling/behavior technical training for first responders in all fields of disaster response.

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.

Online Trainings

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

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

Online CERT Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Online CERT is developed to provide the FEMA standardized 2019 curriculum to learners across the United States, meeting the lecture portion of the CERT training requirements. Once completed, you just follow up with your local CERT Coordinator to complete the hands-on practical portion and receive your full CERT credentials.

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Hybrid CERT is partnered with the National CERT Association, California Governors Offices of Emergency Services (CalOES), Listos California, and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

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University of Utah School of Medicine

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-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.

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute

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

The course addresses topics covered by NFPA Standards 1670-17 and 1006-17.

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The estimated amount of time needed to complete this course is 7 hours.

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 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

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-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams

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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 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 Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)

To learn about the types of responder resources that are requested and utilized in disasters, study the FEMA Resource Typing Library (RTLT).

Each Resource type has specific training requirements. Studying the RTLT will help you determine the best way for you to train as an Animal Disaster Responder.

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).

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.

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FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)

All-Hazards Health & Safety Awareness AND Fireline Safety Awareness

Course covers hazard recognition and assessment in disaster situations such as fires, floods/landslides, earthquakes and others. As well as power line safety, propane/natural gas safety and other hazards you may encounter. The second part of the training will cover basic incident management organization, general wildland safety and basics of fire behavior.

All Hazards Health & Safety Awareness AND Fireline Safety Awareness Courses

Fire & Emergency Prep Barn - ONLINE COURSE

This ONLINE COURSE is intended for horse owners, trainers, racetrack personnel, and facility owners – anyone who is interested in best practices to prevent fires in their barns/facilities and to be prepared for all manner of emergency situations.

This course covers an overview of barn fire prevention including the top causes of barn fires and practical ways that horse owners can reduce these risks.  Emergency preparedness will also be a focus including identifying potential emergency threats in your region and developing a disaster plan.

Instructor : Dr. Susan Raymond, Equine Guelph Faculty
Guest Expert : TLAER cofounder Dr. Rebecca Husted

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