Once upon a time, rescuing an animal from a desperate situation was a matter of judgment and luck. But that’s all changing, says Ryan McGinnis in his article “Rescue Me” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.
As of 2014, NFPA 1670, Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, includes a new chapter detailing animal technical rescue designed to give first responders a better understanding of how to handle the risks posed by rescuing an animal in danger. Chapter 17 and Annex K of the 2014 edition of NFPA 1670 covers a wide range of material, from animal behavior cues, such as a dog’s tail position or an animal’s posture, to commonly used equipment, such as makeshift muzzles and harnesses, for animals large and small.
For the hows and whys of this new chapter, read Ryan’s article on line or turn to page 46 in your new copy of the July/August issue of Journal.
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