The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare held a technical large animal emergency rescue course Sept. 8-10 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

The training was conducted by OAW’s Delaware Animal Response team in conjunction with the Delaware State Fire School.

The course prepared volunteers and emergency responders to rescue large animals from dangerous situations, like what is happening in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, where livestock, horses and dolphins are in need of rescue.

Attendees learned about rescue concepts, techniques and equipment with hands-on practice. While the course is designed to concentrate on handling horses during emergency incidents, the skills learned can be applied to assist livestock, exotics and zoo animals. Training sessions will include rescues from a barn fire, trench, mud and overturned trailers and an evening search.

Funding for the TLAER course was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

To become a Delaware Animal Response program volunteer, call 242-3594.