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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.

Upcoming Trainings

Animal Technical Rescue Skill Refresher Day

Skills will include all basic drags, assists, rolls and lifts. Scenarios with more complex extrications. LAL & LARRCO Slings will also be available. Other techniques, if time permits.

Date:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time:

8:30am - 5:00pm

Location:

Atwood Ranch, 12099 Sonoma Hwy. Glen Ellen, CA

Details:

Open to any firefighter, SAR, or ACO who has received CA-FSTEP Technician or Operational Certification since January 2016.

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North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) Annual Training for NEW Volunteers

Cost: Registration for new students is $100 for Butte County residents, and $250 for out-of-county residents. The reason for the fee difference is that Butte County requires a mandatory background check for all students. That fee is $150. We have contracted Animal Control to partially pay for Butte County residents who enroll in the class, but outside personnel are not covered, hence the fee difference. Training fee gives volunteers free training for all usual NVADG Animal Emergency Shelter & Evacuation trainings in 2019.  Payment is due at registration.

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is not a regional training center. We do a great job of training folk to work in Butte County. We allow outside agencies to attend in the hope that they will reciprocate and provide mutual aid when the time comes – and it will. However, as much as we invite "outside" personnel to our trainings, we strongly recommend private instruction geared specifically toward your needs. Several NVADG personnel have formed a private training company called Animal Rescue Training (ART). (http://www.animalrescuetraining.com/). They train NGOs and governmental agencies all over the world. If this is something that your group would be interested in, feel free to contact John at: john@animalrescuetraining.com

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER AND PAY IN ADVANCE.  This training will be sold-out. If you are unable to attend after registration and payment, please consider it a donation as there are no refunds.

Date:

Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, 2019

Time:

Check in: 0830 (8:30am), Classes start promptly at 0900 (9:00am) and will most likely go all the way to 1700 (5:00pm).

Location:

TBD

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Training Topics include:

  • Incident Command System
  • Introduction to NVADG
  • Shelter Awareness
  • Evacuation Awareness
  • Forms, Forms, Forms
  • Radio Awareness
  • Safe Practices
  • Psychological First Aid
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
  • Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN
  • Swearing in as a California Disaster Service Worker

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nvadg.org

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Registration Information

North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) Annual Training for RETURNING Volunteers

This training is for RETURNING volunteers - only - will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 0900-1700. The location will be determined when we confirm the number of participants. .

This training is mandatory for all Evacuation, OWCN, and supervisory personnel, but recommended for all returning volunteers.

All active returning volunteers are asked to contribute to our training costs through a $50 Annual Training Fee. This helps cover the cost of our overhead training expenses.

Date:

January 26, 2019

Time:

9:00 - 5:00

Location:

TBD

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nvadg.org

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Registration Information

Napa CART Volunteer Training in Animal Disaster Response - NEW Volunteers

For those that are new to Napa CART or did not attend this training last year.

This training is held annually and is one of the requirements to become eligible as an Animal Disaster Service Worker for Napa CART. So attendance is important!

Date:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time:

8:30am - 2:00pm

Location:

Napa Valley Horsemen's Association 1200 Foster Road, Napa, CA

Details:

Check in will be 8:30am, training will start at 9:00am and finish around 2:00pm.  

There is a cost of $40 per person.

Registration and payment can be done through our website: https://napacart.org/events/.

We will follow up with more specifics about the event and what to bring, but please Save The Date, spread the word and/or register through our website.


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info@napacart.org

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Napa CART Volunteer Training in Animal Disaster Response - RETURNING Volunteers

Feb 3 will be for returning volunteers who have attended this training previously.

This training is held annually and is one of the requirements to become eligible as an Animal Disaster Service Worker for Napa CART. So attendance is important!

Date:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Time:

8:30am - 2:00pm

Location:

Napa Valley Horsemen's Association, 1200 Foster Road, Napa, CA

Details:

There is a cost of $40 per person.

Registration and payment can be done through our website: https://napacart.org/events/.

We will follow up with more specifics about the event and what to bring, but please Save The Date, spread the word and/or register through our website.

Contact:

info@napacart.org

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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

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium

Training for First Responders

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offer both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost. More information about the RDPC can be found at www.RuralTraining.org.

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RuralTraining.org

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Animal Techincal Rescue - Awareness Level Course

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

Past Trainings

How to Set Up an Emergency Small Animal Shelter

LEAP, (Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection - Lake County), is hosting a training session on how to set up an emergency small animal shelter on Dec. 1, 2018 from 9am to 4pm at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport.

It is being put on by Sacramento Fire CERT. Lunch will be provided. Need to RSVP as soon as possible.

RSVP to leapvolunteergroup@gmail.com. It is not restricted to LEAP or Napa CART members. Anybody with an interest is welcome to attend.

PG&E Electrical Line Safety

A Public Safety Specialist from PG&E will be discussing:

● Identifying important components of natural gas and electric utility

infrastructure and recognizing emergency conditions.

● Identifying the dangers of step and touch potential, and avoiding

contact with energized sources.

● Responding to natural gas hazards and avoid dangers presented by

migrating natural gas and secondary ignition sources.

● Community Wildfire Safety Program.

● Public safety power shut off in extreme weather conditions.

● ...and more!

2018 Horsekeeper's Workshop - Horsekeeping for Clean Water

The Marin Horse Council and the Tomales Bay Watershed Council present 2018 Horsekeeper's Workshop

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board implemented new regulations that require commercial horse facilities located in a watershed that flows to a designated "impaired water body" to obtain coverage under a confined animal facility permit program. This includes the Tomales Bay watershed and several others in the North and South Bay.

Designed for horse facility owners and managers, this workshop will include information from state regulators, local agency staff, equestrian facility experts, NRCS staff and your fellow facility owners and managers.  The workshop will include examples and a template for your horse facility ranch plan, as well as hands-on facility assessment and water quality monitoring demonstrations.  

Join us at Halleck Creek Ranch in Nicasio on Friday, October 26th at 9am for a workshop covering how to develop a horse facility ranch plan to protect water quality and comply with the State's permit requirements.

Join us for COFFEE with an ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER!

No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns & get to know the Animal Control Officers in our community

Emergency Animal Sheltering Course - Part 1: Companion Animals

The course will train participants in the following areas: importance, roles & responsibilities and essential components of Emergency Animal Sheltering, familiarization with the principles of ICS, how to set up a shelter/layout various locations/facilities, record keeping, roles & responsibilities of Animal Control, mock set up of a shelter, etc.

UCCE:Maintaining Healthy Livestock

Join UCCE Sonoma & UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for a workshop on animal health and husbandry, antibiotic resistance, and use in small-scale livestock farms.

Napa Community Animal Response Team - Activation Drill

Animal Techinical Rescue (ATR) - Awareness Training - May 18, 2018

Certification: FSTEP

PREREQUISITE: ICS-100 (Obtainable through FEMA website  www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b)

This is 7-hour class, (with optional additional hour course), provides the knowledge and understanding of skills and resources necessary to respond to a ATR incident as a single incident, or as a component of large scale disaster involving large and small animal and human elements, and to do so in a safe and effective manner, with low impact on on-going emergency services operations.

This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 Chapter 17.1 - 17.2 guidelines 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).

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Introduction to ATR -- Types of ATR -- Applying ICS/SEMS/NIMS to ATR -- Resources -- ATR Considerations for Evacuation -- Size up -- Responder Safety -- Animal Behavior -- Managing Loose Animals -- Trailers -- Animal Rescue Equipment -- Examples and Key Points

Officer Down! Caring for K-9 Partners in the Field - May 17

Home and Ranch Readiness Summit offers TWO opportunities to learn, train, and meet with internationally renowned veterinarian and K-9 advocate, Guillaume Hoareau, whose passion for working canines has inspired innovation in best practices for trauma care of K-9 partners in every discipline. If you're a canine handler, these are opportunities you won't want to miss!

Dr. Hoareau is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He graduated from the Toulouse National School of Veterinary Medicine (France). He completed a residency in emergency and critical care at the University of California-Davis and obtained a PhD in Translational Trauma Research from the same institution. He’s currently involved in trauma and critical care research with the US military and balances his time between research and clinical work.

Social Media Workshop for Community Leaders, Emergency Managers, SM Administrators and YOU

May 17, 2018

This could be the most useful, productive, and possibly life-saving 2 hours you’ll spend this year! 

A casual “round-table” discussion & workshop focusing on Social Media Best Practices in Disaster Communications and Helping Emergency Managers stay ahead of the community.
 Interaction encouraged! Please come prepared with questions, and to share your “lessons learned” from recent events.

Trailering Safety & Maneuvering Course

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The course is geared to all levels of trailering ability.  It will provide the attendee with important information to be a safer, more conscientious, and confident driver.  Driver assistants will learn how to direct the driver to maneuver their trailer in and around obstacles.  Driver and assistant have the option of switching roles. 

Leonard Iniquez, Instructor. Hosted by Sonoma County Horse Council. 

Animal Disaster Volunteer Training April 25-26, 2018

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 2-day Awareness level course is designed for groups or individuals either starting a CART, or interested in becoming a registered Animal Disaster Service Worker, (ADSW), in the jurisdiction in which they reside. Students will receive a certificate from Animal Rescue Training. However, this certificate alone does not qualify students as Animal Disaster Service Worker.

SYLLABUS:

Course covers basic fundamentals of the emergency management and Incident Command systems, and provides groundwork for further training as a CART or DART member.

Modules with * meet NVADG and/or N-CART training requirements.

·  Fireline Safety*

·  Basic Understanding of Firefighter Communications*

·  Legalities, PETS Act

·  Evacuation Awareness: Basic requirements for Evac/SIP Teams, CARTs, DARTs, and other registered volunteers

·  Biosafety concerns of evac & shelter management; requirements for shelter management training

·  Pre-Veterinary Aid: What Volunteers can, and can NOT, do.*

·  Appropriate media interface: Who talks and who doesn’t

Animal Rescue Technician Skills Refresher - Sunday, 3/11

This training is FREE, and open to Sonoma, Marin, UCDFD* and Napa FIREFIGHTERS, SAR, ACOs, and Volunteers who have certified in FSTEP ATR-Awareness, operational &/or technician from 2015-present. (*BARTA Training also qualifies).

VETERINARIANS are welcome to drop in at any time to meet the first responders who are stepping up to support animals, owners, and YOU, to achieve safer response and best outcomes!

Animal Rescue Technician Skills Refresher - Saturday, 2/10

This training is FREE, and open to Sonoma, Marin, UCDFD* and Napa FIREFIGHTERS, SAR, ACOs, and Volunteers who have certified in FSTEP ATR-Awareness, operational &/or technician from 2015-present. (*BARTA Training also qualifies).

VETERINARIANS are welcome to drop in at any time to meet the first responders who are stepping up to support animals, owners, and YOU, to achieve safer response and best outcomes!

All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters (RDPC AWR 328)

February 3, 2018

The course consists of a four-hour web-based portion and an eight-hour instructor-led portion. The pre-test and much of the course content are presented in the web-based portion of the course. The instructor-led portion will consist of table-top problem-solving activities that are based on the web-based content. The post-test at the end of the instructor-led course will cover both portions of the course.

This course will provide livestock producers, emergency managers, veterinarians,extension agents, veterinary technicians, rural community leaders, public and human health personnel,fire and law enforcement with tools to protect, respond to, and recover from the consequences of disasters (e.g. fire, flood, heat, earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes, hazardous materials and catastrophic disease exposure) involving animals in rural communities. The course will introduce participants to the unique issues that must be considered and addressed when animals are involved in an emergency such as safe animal handling, animal evacuation, animal sheltering, humane euthanasia, carcass disposal, inclusion of animal management into existing ICS structures, and federal support available during recovery.

All Hazards Planning for Animal, Agricultural, and Food Related Disasters (RDPC MGT 448)

February 2, 2018

This course will provide the background information needed to lead a multi-agency team of emergency planners in the development of an ESF annex for food and/or animal related disasters to supplement their community’s existing EOP. The course will address topics such as agroterrorism; detection and diagnosis; the unique challenges that rural communities face in planning for and responding to food and/or animal related disasters; utilization of Emergency Support Functions (ESF); recovery and the importance of sustainable operations during a disaster event; and mapping a community to identify areas of vulnerability and resources. All content will be presented at an all-day instructor led training that will include presentations and problem-solving activities that will be worked on in small groups.

NVADG Annual Refresher for Returning Volunteers January 27, 2018 (DATE CHANGE)

Returning volunteers are invited to register for the 1-day, 8-hour Annual Refresher Training.  NEW DATE! Saturday, January 27, 2018

NVADG Media & Fundraising Training

January 22, 2018

This unique class has never been offered before in California.  IFAW is sending an expert from Canada to lead the group through instruction and practice.  Anybody willing to help deal with the in-person conversations with media, or who would be willing to work behind the scenes with social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is encourage to attend.  There will also be experts in Fundraising who will guide us through this fascinating and exciting subject. If you have any interest in either of these subjects, please join us!

Trailering Safety & Maneuvering Course

October 15, 2017 The course is geared to all levels of trailering ability. It will provide the attendee with important information to be a safer, more conscientious and confident driver. Driver assistants will learn how to direct the driver to safely maneuver their trailer in and around obstacles.Leonard Iniquez, Instructor.

Hosted by Sonoma County Horse Council. See flyer for complete schedule and registration.

ATR Awareness & ATR-Technician

FSTEP ATR–AWARENESS -- FRIDAY, 8/18

THIS NEW CLASS IS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY AS A SONOMA COUNTY HART MEMBER, and is a prerequisite for FSTEP ATR Technician. Contact LAR Co for more information. (TLAR@got.net)

FSTEP ATR-TECHNICIAN -- SATURDAY-SUNDAY -- 8/19-20

PREREQUISITE: ATR-Awareness is mandatory for ATR Tech participation.

Barn Basics Workshop

To schedule a Barn Basics Workshop, email rescue@HALTERfund.org

Animal Technical Rescue - Awareness - classroom & Animal Technical Rescue - Technician - classroom with practicals and scenarios

June 2, 3, 4, 2017

Animal Technical Rescue - Awareness - classroom & Animal Technical Rescue - Technician - classroom with practicals and scenarios

May 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2017

Animal Technical Rescue-AWARENESS

ATR FSTEP Operational

Large Animal Rescue

ATR FSTEP-Operational

ATR FSTEP-Operational

ATR Awareness

ATR Training

West Marin Horse Keeper's Workshop

Large Animal Rescue Operational - classroom with practicals and scenarios

ATR FSTEP Operational

Santa Cruz County Horseman

Trailer Safety and Maneuvering Skills Course hosted by the Sonoma County Horse Council

Awareness Class

East Bay Regional Parks

Barn Basics Workshops

1-day class, for anyone!

North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) Annual Training

ATR FSTEP Operational