Response Training for Livestock Transportation Rollover Accidents

People involved in responding, or preparing teams to respond, to accidents involving animals will receive critical information on the proper protocols, training and equipment needed to manage these events.
( Elkhart County Sheriffs Department )

Responding to accidents is never an easy task. Responding to an accident that involves large trucks, people and animals can quickly turn into a chaotic event if the local response team is not prepared or trained to handle such an occurrence. Following several livestock truck rollovers over the last few years in Michigan and adjacent states, Michigan State University Extension along with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Pork Producer Association and local Farm Bureau organizations recognized the need to have a network of trained people across the state to respond to these situations. In order to help local sheriffs/police, fire crews, ambulances, veterinarians and other officials prepare for rollovers of semis pulling livestock trailers, MSU Extension is coordinating a specialized training for livestock transportation rollover accident response.

This event held May 11 and 12 at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds is aimed at helping response teams plan and train to respond to rollover livestock accidents. This training is divided into two days, attendees can attend the day that best suits their needs. Day one of the training focuses on managing the scene of an accident, organizing volunteers and working to ensure public safety and animal welfare. Participants will learn about extrication of trapped animals, management of a rollover accident incident, chain of command, response to injured animals and humane euthanasia techniques. These trained people will build a network of responders and act as advisers to assist first responders and emergency response personnel when these events occur and livestock need to be rescued from overturned trailers.

Day two of the training is focused on helping first responders, paid on-call and volunteer fireman work through responding to an accident involving animals. Some first responders may lack training in handling large livestock and may not be familiar with aspects of farm animal behavior or distressed animals. This training will provide them hands-on training about livestock transport trucks, euthanasia methods and how to inform and coordinate the many different people who need to be notified and involved in the response. Improperly handled livestock, especially those which are loose, can be a risk to responders, the public and a company’s public relations. This training will help responders be prepared for these situations, properly contain the animals and manage the accident scene.

This training will highlight industry experts in this area including Jennifer Woods, a livestock handling specialist with over 25 years of experience in the livestock industry and expertise in animal handling and behavior, livestock emergency response and livestock transportation; Dr. Tim Barman, a veterinarian from Ohio working with Cooper Farms in emergency management response for poultry and swine; and Roger Lennartz, who oversees the emergency management team at Cooper Farms, has personal experience responding to these events and is a volunteer firefighter. Certification of completion will be issued for all program attendees from the main program speaker, Jennifer Woods.  

To register for this comprehensive training that provides extensive education, advice and guidance on managing the scene of a rollover please use the following link: https://events.anr.msu.edu/LivestockRolloverTraining/. Questions about the training can be directed to Beth Ferry at 269-876-2745 or franzeli@msu.edu, Dave Thompson at 517-279-4311 or thom1637@msu.edu, Tom Guthrie at 517-788-4292 or guthri19@msu.edu and Paola Bacigalupo-Sanguesa at 970-888-1356 or paolabs@anr.msu.edu. The cost for attending this training is $75 for the full day training on May 11 and $30 for the half-day training on May 12. Sponsorships are available for first responders and paid on-call and volunteer fireman.  

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