Training Offered Outside of NVADG for Animals in Disasters - Evacuation, Sheltering, and Rescue

4 people in technical rescue boat

Rescue, evacuation and sheltering of animals during disasters requires knowledge, skills and training.

NVADG provides training for the common North Valley disaster response.  If you miss our training, or want more advanced training, there are other regional and statewide resources for training.  Most have a fee.  Please note: the listing of a training on this page is not an endorsement of the training, nor does it mean NVADG requires it.  It’s just for your information.

We thank the Halter Project for the most up-to-date listings of regional trainings.  Check them out here.

While you are at the Halter Project website, check out their informative Preparedness Videos, which include lessons learned from recent fires!

Animal Technical Rescue – Awareness and Technician

Flyer for Animal Rescue TechnicianClass: Animal Technical Rescue – Awareness and Technician

Authority: California State Fire Training

Training Institute: Animal Rescue Training

Instructors: John Maretti & Gary Johnson

Dates and times:

Note: Awareness is a prerequisite for the Technician Class and usually taken in combination.

Awareness: June 5, 2021;  Technician: June 6-7, 2021

Awareness: August 18, 2021; Technician: August 19-20, 2021

This course provides the knowledge and understanding of skills and resources necessary to respond to an Animal Technical Rescue incident as a single incident, or as a component of large-scale disaster involving large and small animal and human elements, and to do so in a safe and effective manner, with low impact on ongoing emergency services operations. This course also meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 Chapter 17.1-17.2 guidelines and covers the most likely animal species that first responders are called to rescue and manage: cattle, horses, including working horses (police mounts, SAR), companion animals and working dogs (SAR, K-9). This is a hands-on class with field exercises involving life-sized mannequins. You will be using specialty technical rescue tools such as equine lifts, mechanical advantage, slips and glides. At the end of class, you will have the skills to safely move a 1,000-pound animal horizontally or vertically out of precarious situations.

The first day of class will be at Butte County Search & Rescue. The rest of the class will be in and around Chico at various locations.

If interested, further details are at:

National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Summit, April 20 - 22, 2021

Check out their 2021 Virtual Summit, April 20-22, 2021!  Just $50 for non-members.  

Topics include

  • Identifying, understanding and preventing injuries and illness for responders to technical animal rescues and disasters
  • Planning for Decontamination of Companion Animals and Working Canines in the Disaster Environment
  • Hazmat Considerations for the Animal Responder
  • Animal Rescue and Sheltering Management during Multi-Week Wildfire Responses in California


NASAAEP Best Practices Working Group Documents

Looking for some self-study or a place to start?

The Logo for NASAAEP with funding from USDA Animal Care convened a series of working groups (2010-2014). These groups were charged with identifying Best Practices for various aspects of the emergency response for animals. Check out the documents that are the result of their work!

  • Emergency Animal Decontamination Best Practices
  • Animal Evacuation and Transportation
  • Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices
  • Disaster Veterinary Care: Best Practices
  • Preparedness and Community Outreach Best Practices
  • Planning and Resource Management Best Practices
  • Zoological Best Practices