Symposium 2016 OVERVIEW

SYMPOSIUM Workshops will be offered on FRIDAY from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. SATURDAY and SUNDAY workshops will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Lunch is FREE.
Location:  New Stanton VFD; 108 South Main Street; New Stanton, PA 15672.
You may take any number of workshops that you wish to attend. We just ask that you select and submit on this survey to PLEASE PRE-REGISTER so we know how many to expect in each workshop.
Please look at the end of the survey for an overview of the schedule and for more detailed descriptions of each of the workshops.
For more details please go to the Training page on our website at:

“After The Incident”
by Sheila Roth PhD, LCSW, EMT; Pittsburgh CISM/ Carlow University
A review of taking care of each other and ourselves at an incident.  Who we are and how we cope can be a mystery.  This presentation will focus on how distressing events can impact the lives of first responders and discuss ways to cope with them.

“Aggressive Dog Handling”
by Penny Lane
What if an aggressive looking dog is coming at you?  How can you handle it without causing harm to yourself or the animal?  What are the signs you need to look for if a dog might bite?  Learn how to read a dog’s body language as well as humane techniques to handle potentially aggressive animals on scene.

“Animal Transport Trailer Incident Review”
by Tom Moyer; PV Transports
This workshop will start out inside with a discussion and review of concerns regarding various types of animal transportation trailers.  Then there will be a review of a pig transport trailer outside to discuss best practices regarding extrication of animals and their care.

“CART Chat Sessions”
An opportunity for any CART members, and any other first responders, to just sit and share their thoughts on an incidents they have responded to- and any important relative information that was learned from those experiences regarding equipment, training, incident management, etc.

“Critical Incident Stress Management Team”
by Jen Swab MS, EMT-P Pittsburgh CISM/RossWestview EMS
This presentation will define and discuss critical incident stress management and how it can benefit public safety, first responders, and organizations.  We will discuss the different types of interventions, how to access a CISM system, and the types of incidents that have historically been the most impactful.

“Handling Exotic Animals”
-by Jan Merlino; Rostraver/West Newton Emergency Services & Westmoreland CART
The term exotic refers to something that is not normal.  In the world of animals the term exotic is something that is not a dog or cat or in the bird world a canary, parakeet, or parrot.  Some exotics such as those in the lizard and snake family are fairly common and legal to own without a special permit.  While others, ownership must be obtained by either the Pennsylvania Game Commission or the Department of Agriculture, or both.  Our class will deal with not the ownership but how to deal with the safety of human and animal lives when something goes wrong.
 Do you know what animals kick forward verses backwards?  What is the safest way to drive a herd?  How can you tell when an animal is going to attach or run?  And if it runs which direction is it going to attempt to go.  When an animal feels safe, you are generally safe.  It is fear that drives most animals to attack.  This lecture will provide you an introduction to the world of exotics, the law, their nature, their fears, and who best to treat the situation we are called to assist.  
“Large Animal Rescue (LAR) Technical Review”
-by Ed Childers of North Strabane VFD and Washington CART
Three main areas will be covered in this overall review of Large Animal Rescue type incidents. 
   Rope/Rope Systems used in LAR/TLAR: 
Equipment including PPE, ropes, webbing, pulleys, prusiks, carabiners, 4:1 mechanical advantage, 5:1 mechanical advantage, straps, edge protectors, over the hill bag, rescue knife, equipment maintenance and cleaning.  Rope system placement.  Choosing your anchor points.  Landing Zone.  Keep this as simple as possible, kiss theory.  Disposable webbing, emergency release.
   Rescue Glide/Strap placement and LAR:
Forward pull, rear pull, rolling the animal.  Sedation vs. no sedation.  Animal placement on the glide.  Securing the animal on the glide, the use of hobbles.  Moving the glide with the animal in place.  Can cover up hill pull, down-hill pull, off-camper pull.
   Becker Sling and TLAR:
Parts and pieces, will cover PPE here again too.  Assembling the Becker Sling.  Strap placement on the animal.  Lift points - Bi-Pod, Tri-Pod, Farm equipment, Construction equipment.  Landing zone.  Placing the Becker Sling on the animal.  Lifting the animal.  Lowering the animal.

“LAR Technical Scenarios ONE & TWO”
Large animal technical rescue with horse mannequin and horse trailer.

“Missing Animal Recovery After Disasters & Emergencies (and every day)”
-by Susan Levy; Somerset CART Coordinator
Susan is trained in missing animal response through Missing Pet Partnership.  This class will mainly focus on finding dogs and cats- what methods work best for finding an animal potentially lost from an incident.  She will also touch on methods for recovering some lost exotics as time allows.

“Oxygen Certification”
 -by Jan Merlino; Rostraver/West Newton Emergency Services & Westmoreland CART
If you plan to carry and use oxygen, you need this class!  You will review the safety concerns about carrying oxygen as well as how to properly handle the tanks, attaching the regulator and how to administer the proper dose depending on the type of patient you have (human or animal).

“Pet First Aid / CPR”
by Karen Sable; Westmoreland CART
Review of standard scenarios you might encounter on scenes such as house fires, car accidents, etc. that you might encounter with animals- and what basic first aid techniques you can use to handle your animal patients.  Also, you will get an opportunity to see pet CPR in action and practice with the Resessa Rover mannequin.

“Ropes & Knots Review
by Duane Spencer; Greensburg VFD #7
Get the opportunity to review and practice those basic knots that we all should know for on the scene response so that you can use the proper knots for the need you have.  Also, a review on types of ropes, along with safety concerns and proper equipment maintenance.

“SART Emergency Animal Sheltering”
by Lori Mozina-Ogurchak (Westmoreland/Fayette CART Coordinator) & Robert Buckingham
A review that all CART members should know that will cover the Policies, Procedures and Paperwork involved when it comes to setting up, running and breaking down a mass care animal shelter for emergency incidents.  This course will count towards the SART sheltering training requirements.
“SART Orientation”
by available CART Coordinators
A requirement for all new members that wish to be active CART members on their teams.  Gives an overview of why CART’s exist, how we function, what we can respond to, when we can respond, and more!  Learn how CART can help out your community and your fellow first responders.

“Search & Rescue Team”
by Youngwood VFD S&R Team Handlers
Learn how the Search & Rescue Teams function- why do they exist? where and when are they called out?  Also, find out how they train, what are the requirements to have and maintain a search dog?  See an example of how they work on scene and how you might be able to utilize them at your incident.

“Stress is My Business”
by Roy Cox D.Ed, EMT-P City of Pittsburgh EMS/ Operations Director Pgh CISM/ Point Park University
What is stress at an incident and how do responders deal with stress?  What signs and symptoms to look for, the causes and issues of dealing with stress on the job as first responders.

“Trench Rescue Team Review”
by Robert Fitzpatrick; Crabtree VFD
An overview of what types of calls the Trench Rescue specialty team responds too, what type of equipment do they carry, and how can they help out at your next incident.

“Water Safety- Awareness Level Certification”
by Joel Koricich; Collinsburg VFD
A required workshop for those who wish to respond to any flooding or water related incident to review safety procedures and potential hazards with water you may encounter, as well as how to handle yourself in emergency swift water situations.