Large-animal rescue class begins Oct. 27 |

Large-animal rescue class begins Oct. 27

Purpose Ranch, a local nonprofit horse rescue organization, and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District are once again offering a Large Animal Rescue awareness class Oct. 27.

Patrick Mason, LAR-11 program director, as well as numerous firefighters, Emergency Medical Services personnel and representatives from the California Highway Patrol, will give demonstrations and instruction.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to see what is available, what happens when you call 911 and the equipment that could be provided,” said Trish Browne, president of Purpose Ranch. “We have had numerous rescues, and we learn more from each one.”

Knowing whom to call and what resources are available can save a horse’s life, Browne said.

The class is suited for both novice and experienced horse people, Emergency Medical Services personnel, law enforcement, horse organizations and the general public. Participants will get hands-on practice to experience working together as a team to help animals in trouble.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Proceeds benefit both the Purpose Ranch horse rescue and the Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department’s large-animal rescue program. The fire department’s LAR program is not funded by taxes or assessments. The equipment was purchased with a generous bequeathment, and the program relies strictly on public donations for support.

The class will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Pre-registration requested but not required. For information, visit

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