North Strabane Fire Department

North Strabane Township Fire Department 2550 Washington Road / Canonsburg, PA 15317 Non-Emergency: 724-745-1010 / Emergency: 9-1-1

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Washington Co. Animal Rescue Team

Large Animal Rescue of North Strabane Township Fire Department responds to incidents that involve domesticated, livestock, and exotic animals.  These incidents include motor vehicle accidents, structure/barn fires, entrapments, evacuations, and animals in any imaginable peril in Washington and surrounding Counties.

Team Members Technical skills include certifications at the State and Federal level for Ice Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Rope Rescue, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVR), HAZMAT Operations, Large Animal Rescue (LAR) & Technical Large Animal Response (TLAR), Large and Small Animal Emergency Sheltering, National Incident Managements (NIMS), Incident Command (ICS), Human/Animal CPR/AED, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS).  Safety is our primary concern.

Community Outreach includes Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owner’s has been an ongoing success with more than 12 seminars since 2009.  The 4 hour seminar covers aspects of LAR incidents, Safe Horse Hauling, Barn Safety, including Barn Fires, Trail Riding, and Pasture Safety, including liabilities of a loose animal.  Though this seminar is equine based, the information can be applied to all animals, and most important, transcends into the daily lives of those who attend.

Our equipment is specialized, expensive, and cannot be used on/for Human Rescue. During one animal related incident, we can damage a multitude of equipment that cannot be used again, and therefore must be destroyed.  We also in special circumstances, such as an Owner being incapacitated, will cover the cost associated with the care and well being of an animal.

Our incidents since inception in 2009:  36  Large Animals, 9  Small Animals, &  2 Exotic Animals.

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Save Your Horse Seminar Sunday, March 19, 2017

Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) The Washington County Animal Response Team in conjunction with the North Strabane Township Fire Department Technical Rescue Team with Subject Matter Experts from the North Strabane Police Department, Altmeyer Trailer Sales, and the Mountain Valley Trail Riders are pleased to announce: Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners Sunday March 19th, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm Come and Join Us, We Make Safety Fun! This Seminar Is For Both New and Experienced Horse Folks Alike and We Hope To See You There! THIS 4 HOUR SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE:
  • When to Call Your Equine Veterinarian and 911
  • Working with Emergency Responders through an Incident
  • Overview of Proper Lifting Techniques and Proper Placement of Rescue Hardware
  • How to Tie Emergency Harnesses and Halters
  • Safe Horse Hauling, the Do’s of When You Have a Trailer In-Tow.
    • Presented by Altmeyer Trailer Sales
  • Safe Horse Hauling, the Don’ts of When You Have a Trailer In-Tow.
    • Presented by the North Strabane Police Department
  • Important Consideration When Purchasing a Trailer, Maintaining a Trailer.
    • Presented by Jeff Altmeyer, Altmeyer Trailer Sales.
  • Trail Safety
    • Presented by Tammy Schweitzer, Mountain Valley Trail Riders Association
  • Barn Fire Safety, How To Prevent Fires In the Ag Building.
  • Smoke/Fire/Flame Detectors and Sprinkler Systems for the Ag Building.
    • Presented by the North Strabane Fire Department.
  • Fire Extinguishers and Demonstration
    • Presented by the North Strabane Fire Department.
  • Pasture Safety
  • Registration begins at: 12 noon, join us early for lunch. Seminar times: 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Location: North Strabane Township Fire Department 2550 Washington Road, Canonsburg, PA. 15317 Please refer to http://nstfd.org/large animal rescue/ for the registration form.
  • Session Cost is $25.00 per Person and will be collected at the door.
  • Group rates are available, email wacarteam@gmail.com for more information.
Door proceeds benefit North Strabane Township Fire Department. Seating is limited, please register here.

© 2013 North Strabane Township Fire Department. This website is brought to you in part by a grant from FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

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