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Thu May 13, 2010
High School Students Train For Large Animal Rescues
By Brenna Angel
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – With multi-million dollar horse farms dotted across the Bluegrass and many cattle producers in the region, it's not uncommon for central Kentucky emergency crews to work large animal rescues.
A program at Eastside Technical Center in Fayette County is giving the next generation of emergency responders some hands-on training. It brings together students in the Agri-science and Homeland Security programs.
Captain Dennis Blackburn of the Kentucky Large Animal Emergency Response Team and John Davis with the Lexington Fire Department went to Eastside to demonstrate rescue techniques. They covered a variety of emergency scenarios, including cattle stuck in mud, a horse down in a stall, and overturned trailers.
The high school training class is the first of its kind in Kentucky.