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MARCH/APRIL 2017 THE RIDER /49


Fire Prevention and Emergency Rescue Training for Racing Industry & Fire Fighters


Story by: Jackie Bellamy Guelph, ON – Equine Guelph is hosting two upcoming hands-on clinics with internationally rec- ognized instructor Dr. Rebecca Gimenez of Technical Large An- imal Emergency Rescue Inc. (TLAER). The first offering, Tuesday April 25 and Wednes- day April 26, 2017, at Mohawk Racetrack will be open to the general public and will be of par- ticular interest to those involved in the racing industry including racetrack personnel. Then on April 28 – 30, a large animal res- cue operational level course at Meaford Fire Department will be available for active fire fighters.


For the Horse Racing Industry Participants in “Fire Preven-


tion and Emergency Rescue Training for the Horse Racing In- dustry” will be making an invest- ment in safety to help protect both horses and industry work- ers. Thanks to generous funding from Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and support from Woodbine En- tertainment Group (WEG) Equine Guelph has been able to organize this workshop for all three sectors of racing: Thor- oughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse. Dr. Gimenez has travelled


from the U.S. to Ontario in the past to teach highly successful TLAER workshops, resulting in lives saved just months later. In this special offering, the program will include emergency rescue training specific to risks associ-


ated with racing including; inci- dents involving starting gates, loose horses and on-track in- juries. Best practice responses appropriate to trailer and stall in- cidents will be covered. In addi- tion, a strong emphasis on fire prevention and evacuation proce- dures will also be included. The horse racing industry


from all over Ontario are encour- aged to participate, including: racetrack personnel (especially security, facility managers and track maintenance staff), training facility managers, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, veterinar- ian technicians and first respon- ders.


Thanks to the kind funding from GRAS and OMAFRA and sup- port from WEG, the tuition is available for only $125 + hst.


WHERE AND WHEN: Mohawk Racetrack, Campbel- lville, ON Tuesday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Registration is now open online and will be limited. http://www.equineguelph.ca/ed- ucation/workshops.php For more information con-


tact Susan Raymond 519-824- 4120


ext. 54230 slraymon@uoguelph.ca


For Fire Fighters Dr. Gimenez is making her


fourth return visit since 2014, working with Equine Guelph to bring Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training to first responders in Ontario. To- gether with Grey Highlands and


Meaford fire department, this specialized 3-day hands-on “Large Animal Rescue Opera- tional Level Course” will be of- fered to active fire fighters, April 28 – 30, 2017. Internationally renowned


for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) training, Gimenez says, “Many organizations that participate in TLAER programs do not realize how far reaching this program is - that it concerns situations from loose horses on the highway, to cattle truck rollovers, to animals trapped and needing professional extrication. The most important feature of the program is safety for the people on the scene first.” This intensive course sets


up scenarios where safety knowl- edge and techniques are prac- ticed, including vital positioning to stay clear of the head and kick zone of the legs. Understanding the behavioural instincts of fight or flight and learning how to uti-


lize rescue straps so as not to in- jure the animal while maneuver- ing are just a few of the topics covered. Dr. Gimenez emphasizes


the importance of participants taking the knowledge and tech- niques learned from the TLAER workshop back to their industry in order to improve upon the emergency rescue success rate. “It is really not about the animal in these situations,” says Gimenez, “It’s about people and how we interact on scene, how we prepare, train, and equip our- selves and our organizations, and how we network at levels above and below us beforehand that will ultimately make the differ- ence to the animal.”


Presented by Grey High-


lands and Meaford Fire Depart- ments and Equine Guelph, this upcoming workshop is available for active fire fighters only for $275 + hst.


WHERE AND WHEN: Meaford Fire Department Train- ing Centre, Meaford, ON Friday April 28 (evening), Satur- day April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017


line and will be limited. http://www.equineguelph.ca/edu- cation/workshops.php


tact Susan Raymond 519-824- 4120


For more information con- ext. 54230


Registration is now open on- slraymon@uoguelph.ca


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