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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

SFD Personnel Complete
"Horse 911" Training Program
May 22, 2007

On the evening of May 21, 2007, 14 members of the South Fire District along with Firefighters from the Westfield, Hebron and Falls River Fire Departments took part in a "Horse 911" training program. The program was sponsored by the Connecticut Horse Council, Inc. and hosted by the Hills Farm on Brooks Road, here in Middletown.

The program is designed to give first responders practical training in fire prevention and response to emergencies that involve horses in the barn, on the farm and on the road in a trailer should the trailer be involved in an accident. The program is also part of an ongoing effort by the South Fire District to continually assess the needs and vulnerabilities of the district and plan our response for an all hazards approach.

Firefighters learned basic horse handling as well as how to recognize when a horse is in distress. Calming and rescue techniques were taught. All attendees had hands-on handling of horses in the barn and outside around running fire apparatus.

At top right is a photo of Horse Trainer Andi Hills assisting South District's newest Firefighter, Mike Cortezzo, who graduated from recruit fire school on May 16th and attended last evening's program.

(Click any photo to enlarge it.)