Fire & Emergency Preparedness – Winter ’20
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.
Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) 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.
Julie has held the role of Executive Officer, Horse SA (South Australia), for 18 years. Horse SA is a non-profit state horse council, with a wide-ranging role that seeks to engage the broader horse-owning community on topics including recreational trails, workplace safety, emergency preparedness and sustainable land management. Emergency preparedness includes collaborating with the Country Fire Service education unit to run horse owner preparation sessions, designing educational materials (e.g. https://www.myhorsedisasterplan.org.au/) and advocating to government for the interests of horse owners.
In a recent workplace context, Julie has been involved in working within the horse community through the recovery phase of the Cudlee Creek Fire (Adelaide Hills, South Australia). The fire ground features many small horse keeping holdings, vineyards, orchards and tourism enterprises. It is this evolving experience which is drawn on for this online course.
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)