Emergency Equine Response Unit

ASAR Swiftwater Training

ASAR Swiftwater Rescue Training

Animal rescue techniques in a moving water environment. Customized training available for existing USAR teams with current SRT-A responders seeking Animal Rescue Specialist credentials.

ASAR Swiftwater Rescue Training

ASAR Swiftwater is a 3-day ASAR Technician level course designed to apply self rescue, team rescue, and animal rescue field skills in a moving water environment. SRT-1 human rescue skills are adapted to animal rescue scenarios to provide a “tool-kit” of rescue options in a disaster scenario. This training is provided through both hands-on and classroom instruction. Existing USAR teams seeking customized training to qualify for FEMA Type I or Type II Swiftwater/Flood response teams should contact us directly for training timeline and bid.

This class blends NFPA 1670 operational skills for swiftwater rescue and technical animal rescue for application in a flood response. ASAR Swiftwater will also meet the criteria for Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) team training guidelines referenced in National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) ASAR best practice work group white paper; and the Southern Agriculture and Animal Disaster Response Alliance (SAADRA) ASAR Resource Typing.

Customized training available for USAR teams with credentialed SRT-A Technicians to meet FEMA 509 Resource Typing for Swiftwater Animal Rescue Specialist.

ASAR Swiftwater Course Topics Include
  • Lecture – Introduction to swiftwater response skills
  • Water safety/PPE/Self Rescue/Team rescue
  • Introduction to ropes/knots/anchors/systems used in water rescue
  • Large animal application discussion and problem solving
  • Small animal rescue field practicals
  • Rescue scenarios
  • Plus much more!
Students Will Need
  • Have the ability to swim well unassisted
  • Class V rescue PFD with quick release strap
  • Water rescue drysuit (available for rent through ASAR)
  • Water rescue helmet
  • Water draining footwear
  • Rope gloves/water rescue gloves (recommended)
  • Whistle (optional)
  • Appropriate dress for weather
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
ASAR Swiftwater Course Host Requirements
  • Classroom (for the first morning only) with A/V equipment and speakers if possible, otherwise please notify instructor prior to class
  • Moving water options – Natural water or Water Park
  • Outdoor working area should have access to restroom facilities if possible
  • Pop-up tents for shade, if needed, during outside practical (optional, but preferred)

Contact Us if you are interested in scheduling a class in your area.