FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 1st, 2015
Contact: Tyler Reynolds, City of Riverside Fire Department-Training Captain
Cell Phone: (951) 312-5568
City of Riverside Police & Fire Departments implement a Large Animal Rescue Team as a joint partnership.
The horse community of the City of Riverside will soon be provided with a Technical Large Animal Rescue Team, that is trained to respond to technical rescues involving horses or any large animal. This includes over-turned horse trailers, horses trapped in areas such as quicksand, swimming pools, trenches, wells, septic tanks, hill-sides, or steep terrain in which the animal is unable to free itself.
This specialized team was formed due to the efforts of the Riverside Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit who recognized the need for an animal rescue team to be available within the city to assist with these low frequency but very technical incidents. The Riverside Police Department has partnered with the Riverside Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team who will provide specialized equipment and expertise in heavy lifting, ropes, and confined space rescue.
The HART Team (Horse & Animal Rescue Team) will be implemented on July 24th, 2015. The team will be available to respond 24hrs a day within the City of Riverside, and available for mutual aid to assist other cities and counties upon request.
Please review the details below for our training demonstration and press release:
Date: July 24th 0800-1230
Location: Riverside Rancheros 1198 Washington St. Riverside, CA 92506
Press Release: 0900 by Riverside Police & Fire Chiefs and Delegates
Training Demonstrations: 0800-1230 – Consists of live horse awareness & safety, and multiple technical rescue operations using horse mannequins.