Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Volunteer Fire Service

Large Animal Rescue: Are You Prepared?

Issue 3 and Volume 167.

By Chandra Davis In January 2012, a call came into a Tennessee fire station for a trailer accident on Interstate 40. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the commercial trailer was carrying 38 horses. By the end of the night, many of the horses were seriously injured, and three were dead. What happened? It was a large animal rescue (LAR) incident. Some emergency responders may be reluctant to get involved with animals, saying their job is to protect people, not animals. Their job is also to protect property. If rescuing animals is not “part of the job description,” what about saving property? Horses are a multibillion-dollar industry in North America. Suddenly, equines take on new value! (1, 2) Photos courtesy of Eastern Kentucky University. But horses are not the only large animals you’ll see on your roads. Added to the growing number of horses are the other more common…

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