Basic Animal Rescue

Course Overview

This 3-day Operational level course is designed for individuals seeking to improve their animal handling skills, rescue techniques and scene management of animal rescue efforts in slack water and low-angle technical rope rescue environments. The emphasis of the class is directed toward how to safely and professionally succeed in animal rescue efforts. All rescue techniques will be taught to human rescue standards and will meet and exceed NFPA 1670 Animal Rescue Guidelines. The course will target the most frequently encountered species in disaster situations: dogs and cats.


Day 1: Classroom:

  • Small Animal Behavior
  • Small Animal Handling
  • Small Animal First Aid

Day 2: Low Angle Rope: Knots, Anchors, Hardware, Team Structure, Mechanical Advantage

Day 3: Static Water: Personal Flotation Devices, Thermal and Haz Mat Protection, Boats and Motor/Engines

Prerequisite: None

Student Requirements

  1. Students must be 18 years old and have a moderate swimming ability to face challenging situations in dynamic water.
  2. No pre-requisite course is required. Although it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of knots, anchors, and mechanical advantage.
  3. Students must have personal medical insurance or department insurance coverage.
  4. Student will need to provide their own wetsuit and footwear for the course. Rentals are available (see details below). All other gear is provided for you.

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