Animal decontamination is not often considered by emergency responders, yet the possibilty absolutely exists. Common HAZMAT situations involing animals include septic tank falls, inadvertent chemical overspray, swamps, flooding, and gasoline from automobile and trailer wrecks. Animal handling and decontamination is an integral part of any HAZMAT response where animals are potentially exposed to hazardous chemical releases.
Contaminated animals pose a health and safety threat to any human they contact after removal from a hazardous environment if they are not properly decontaminated. This requires proper training and equipment for first responders and well thought out plans for animal management before, during and after the decontamination process.
Signet North America will of course provide the vast majority of equipment for this session. However, to the extent possible, this session will also utilize each customer’s specific equipment to the greatest extent possible, including animals, PPE, etc. for training, as we feel that it is important to train on the equipment one has in order to discover and understand uses, identify strengths and shortcomings, and address each of these in order to do everything possible to ensure a stronger, more competent organization at the conclusion of the educational experience.
The goal of this course is to educate first responders on the objectives and implementation of decontamination and the additional complications when animals are the victims. During this 8-hour course, topics covered will include but not be limited to:
ANIMAL HANDLING / RESTRAINT “DOS AND DON’TS”
PROPER PLANNING AND SET UP OF AN ANIMAL DECONTAMINATION CORRIDOR FROM HOT ZONE EXTRICATION TO SHELTERING AND PREPARATION FOR TRANSPORTATION TO SAFE AREAS
DECONTAMINATING SMALL AND LARGE ANIMALS.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE PRACTICING HANDLING AND RESTRAINT TECHNIQUES FOR CATS AND DOGS.
Responder safety is the number one objective in any response. Utilizing live animals to practice handling and restraint helps responders learn how to predict animal reactions to different stressors. Responders will also be able to better understand animal behavior to provide a positive and safe outcome for all involved.
Hazmat Awareness and Operations, as well as a working knowledge of the Incident Command System would is beneficial.