To meet an increasingly busy schedule of family life, community involvement, work and emergency service training, PAgricultural Rescue Training is delivered in various modules. The following modules are currently available or are being developed:
In areas where agriculture is an important industry a variety of emergencies and disasters can occur. These range from trauma events or fires where emergency services disciplines are summoned; to zoonotic diseases where public and private health professionals come together; to disasters where farm animals are affected and multiple agencies and trained volunteers may respond side by side. Agricultural emergencies require responders to have specialized knowledge and skill to effectively and safely respond to and manage these varied emergencies.
Creating a farm rescue team approach to manage agricultural emergencies makes good sense at the community level. Farm incidents happen infrequently but when they do, they are very serious and require special skills and good teamwork among the various disciplines on scene. Many of the techniques learned have application in non-farm emergencies that involve machines, confined spaces and hazardous materials emergencies. This training allows departments the ability to specialize in agricultural responses to be better prepared to serve their farm community.
This module is designed to teach emergency providers (fire, rescue, EMS, police) how to properly size up and manage emergencies that involve agricultural chemicals. Emphasis is put on teamwork to efficiently treat patients and protect property of chemical emergencies. Following NFPA 472: Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents , and 473 Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents, participants will learn how to quickly calculate their hazard exposure to the various materials that they may encounter, how to choose the appropriate personal protection for the specific incident, how to field decontaminate a patient about proper communication and resources, and patient care issues. This operations/technical level training will teach responders how to efficiently manage farm chemical emergencies.
Large Animal Rescue Training
This training is designed to teach emergency responders how to recognize and initially manage (size-up) various farm confined space emergencies that they may encounter while arriving at the scene of an agricultural emergency and how to effectively preplan for farm confined space emergencies in their communities. Participants will learn to apply OSHA Confined Space Standards to various farm confined space scenarios. This training will teach responders how to efficiently manage farm confined space emergencies following OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 standards at the Awareness level.
In any area in Pennsylvania, it is highly likely that animal agriculture is an important part of the community. Animals are involved in emergencies and specialized training is required to ensure animal safety and the safety to those responding. This course will provide the training necessary for County Animal Response Team members and emergency services first responders to be able to assist on the scene with disasters and emergencies involving large (farm) animals.
This specialized training is designed to teach emergency responders and CART members how to ensure animal safety and the safety of those responding to the scene of disasters and emergencies involving large (farm) animals. In stressful situations, farm animals are very unpredictable and can pose significant danger to themselves, the general public and those individuals that are trying to help or contain them. This training includes classroom as well as hands-on work that allows the participants to practice their new knowledge and skills.
This awareness level module is designed to teach emergency responders the importance of preplanning for fires and other emergencies involving grain elevators and feed mills. This program is a must for fire companies that have these facilities in their response districts. Understanding the many hazards in these facilities and how to properly and improperly manage a fire involving grain dusts can mean the difference between life and death. A tour of a local facility will reinforce classroom discussions and demonstrations.
This module is designed to give participants an understanding of how farm animals behave and react to fire situations. The training will involve discussion and demonstrations of the livestock industry including animal behavior, barn fire logistics, and typical injuries sustained in barn fire environments. This operations training will teach responders how to recognize and initially manage (size-up) various hazards that they will encounter while arriving at the scene of a barn fire involving farm animals.