When an emergency or disaster occurs, equine and livestock owners and custodians are often left on their own to manage the livestock in their care. Experience has shown that a lack of emergency structure creates human and animal safety issues and has a negative impact on the response of first responders and municipal emergency coordinators to an actual emergency.

Continuing our quest to support the livestock industry and provide leadership in the area of emergency preparedness and management, we were able to raise close to $15,000 which funded a Livestock Emergency Response Unit (trailer) for the Municipal District (MD) of Foothills No. 31. The trailer will be used to support the MD in their livestock emergency preparedness and management activities. The trailer will be housed at the Spruce Meadows Fire Station, 18801 Spruce Meadows Way SW, and will service all of the Foothill’s region in Alberta; home to over 22,500 residents.

Emergency Livestock Handling Equipment Trailers are equipped with tools to assist in the event of a livestock emergency. There are currently 16 trailers at various Municipal Fire Departments and County Technical Rescue locations in Alberta. We are pleased to be able to add trailer number 17, which meets a need for the MD of Foothills, where there is one of the highest concentrations of livestock in Alberta.

We were able to raise close to $15,000 toward the trailer thanks many who contributed to, and helped to raise funds for the purchase of the trailer: CapriCMW, Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association, Bar T5, and many, many, many individuals who all supported this fundraising initiative. Giving is not just about making a donation; it is about making a difference and everyone who donated, have done just that.

To further provide leadership in the area of emergency preparedness and management, we have created the Alberta Equine Industry Emergency Preparedness Plan, Municipal Guidelines and Templates. This project was made possible by grant funding through the Alberta Government’s Growing Forward Program. The plan provides an overview of how emergencies are managed in Alberta, preparedness tools and resources, as well as roles, responsibilities and protocols.

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