Fire & Emergency Preparedness – Spring ’20
This course covers an overview of barn fire prevention including the top causes of barn fires and practical ways that horse owners can reduce these risks. Emergency preparedness will also be a focus including identifying potential emergency threats in your region and developing a disaster plan.
Special Discounted Price! Join us for this special edition short online course, which will include new content and information regarding COVID-19.
The goals of this course are to help you;
- to reduce the risk of fire from occurring on your farm by recognizing best management practices
- to conduct a self assessment of your farm and create your own safety plans
- to contact your local fire department and identify local resources
- to gain an understanding of what you should do in the event of a farm fire
- to identify disasters that you may face in your geographical region to create your own disaster plan
- Occurs over a 1 week period
- 5-10 hour commitment is required during this period
- No set times to be online during the week
- Recommended you visit the course site at least 5 times a week, preferably once or more each day
- Course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required
- Guest expert/facilitator-led course over a 1-week period
- 3 weeks extended course access to allow extra time to complete learning activities
- All materials are provided online within course site
- 16 years of age or older
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph.
Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development:
- Equestrian Canada recognizes Equine Guelph short-training online courses as qualifying for points on the NCCP Coach/Instructor Professional Development Activities Updating hours (3 points)
Collaborating partners include: Ontario Equestrian and Ontario Racing.
Other industry partners include: Equestrian Canada, Farm & Food Care Ontario, Intercity Insurance Services, Meaford Fire Department Training Centre, Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Ontario Veterinary College, Professional Livestock Auditing Inc., Standardbred Canada, and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.
This project was funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.
Course Instructor – Susan Raymond
Susan has been involved in the development and delivery, both online and in-person, of educational and skills training programs since 2003 (Equine Guelph). The focus of these programs is to improve welfare and safety of both animals and people on the farm during day to day activities and emergency situations. Susan’s PhD research involved investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins, as well as, examining stable design and management as they affect air quality. Susan has completed Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations, Rescue Ropes/Rigging courses and Animal Technical Rescue Awareness Level Course (University of Florida). Susan has also completed Colorado State University – Equine Investigations Academy Level 1.
Course Contributor – Troy Moffatt:
Troy grew up with horses and has been involved with the horse racing Industry since the 70’s. He has held many positions over the years such as groom, chief stall mucker, and has spent the last 19 years as an Investigator with the Regulatory Agency responsible for horse racing in Ontario. Troy started his policing career in 1994. In 1999 Troy attended Texas A & M and was later certified as a Fire and Arson Investigator. He is currently a South West Oxford (SWOX) Fire Fighter and Fire Instructor. Troy has been involved with numerous Investigations over the years including barn fires that have resulted in large losses of horse lives and has been a guest speaker in both Canada and the USA regarding Investigations and Barn Fires. In 2017 Troy attended both the Fire Prevention and Emergency Rescue Training for the horse racing industry as well as the Operations Level Large Animal Rescue Course for Fire Fighters offered by Equine Guelph. Look for instructional videos featuring Troy throughout the course.
Dr. Rebecca Husted
A volunteer firefighter in Gray, GA, Rebecca is doing R&D work with University of Edinburgh (UK), EKU (KY) and several veterinary schools. An internationally sought speaker and instructor, she edited the only textbook available to the fire service and veterinarians on technical rescue of large animals. Rebecca holds a BS (Wofford College) and PhD (Clemson University). Current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality and a study of physiological responses to Technical Rescue procedures and equipment in large animals. A past Logistics Officer for FEMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT -2), decorated combat veteran and a Major in the US Army Reserves, she is active in various organizations related to disaster preparedness. She gives training worldwide in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue techniques, using privately owned animals that she trains for hands-on demonstrations to perform without sedation. She has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on the subject of technical large animal emergency rescue. For more information please visit the TLAER website.
Mike King – Mike has been a leader in the equine insurance business for more than 25 years’ operating from his offices in Aurora Ontario. Mike is a Partner in CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd., a national brokerage with a specialized focus on the equine industry.
Mike has been involved in the horse industry for most of his life having participated at one point or another as horse owner, pleasure and competition rider, coach, judge, and facility manager. Today, various insurance programs under his management and oversight serve over 80,000 equine enthusiasts from coast-to-coast. As a specialist, Mike is regularly invited to speak to groups on topics related to risk management and insurance in the equine industry across Canada. Mike participates as a guest instructor twice a year in the Equine Business Management certificate course at the University of Guelph to share his insights with an International student body and is proud to be a long standing Education Patron at Equine Guelph.
Cathy Vogelweid, DVM (Columbia, Missouri, USA)
Leah Ricketson (Campbell River, BC)
“The time it took to complete this course was a worthwhile investment. Fire prevention has often been a concern for me and this course gave me lots of practical information and charged me to take the appropriate actions I needed to, to ensure the safety of my horses and pets in case of a fire or other emergency events.”
Brenda Robson – Coach/Facility Owner, Windhurst Riding & Training Centre (Lowbanks, ON)
Kim Houlding, DVM, MS – Owner/Trainer/Breeder (Staker’s Acres, Madrid, Iowa, USA)
“Equine Guelph’s Fire & Emergency Preparedness course was even more helpful and interesting than I thought it would be! In a week, I learned so much from experts in and out of the horse community, and would definitely recommend it to anybody who owns or cares for horses.”
Kathryn G. – Horse Owner and Groom (Chris Delia Stables, Mohawk Racetrack)
“The Fire and Emergency Preparedness course is a must for any horse facility owner or manager. Tons of useful information that could help prevent future tragedy.”
Pamela Nunn, Facility Owner and Coach (Thanksgiving Farm – Toledo, ON)
General Enrollment – Discounted Price!
Special $25 discount! (no other discounts apply)