Technical large animal rescue is an infrequent, inherently dangerous type of heavy rescue. This class taught the aspects of large animal rescue to keep the responders, victim, and victim animals as safe as possible, and included animal behavior in emergencies, trailer accidents, moving and extracting recumbent animals with aspects of rope and mechanical rescue. The training also included trailer safety, barn safety, rescue equipment and its utilization, and equipment improvisation with local emergency responders.
The instructor was Sergeant First Class Michael Connell from the Nevada Army National Guard Joint Operations Center. SFC Connell is a former working cowboy, currently a part-time farrier and animal science major through Kansas State University. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom with currently 26 years of service in both Air Force and Army. He is certified operationally in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue and has experience in local live rescues.
Note: The "horse" shown below is a plastic mannequin. Except for the
fence roundup, these techniques were not taught with live animals.
(The bird supervised.)