Fire Safety and Procedures Class

We will be at CAL FIRE Station 21 at San Luis Obispo Airport, 4671 Broad Street on February 4th for this annual training. Class starts promptly at 8:58 a.m. Please be on time as our firemen are on a tight schedule. If you have never attended one of these trainings, this is your year, even if you have in the past, it is worth the drive to come again! I have been 10 years in a row and I learn something new every year! Not only will you learn how the command center works during a fire, but you will learn many valuable things that you can apply to home fires as well. Great info and a great time. Donuts and coffee will be served for free!  This training is open to everyone, if you are not already a member, membership will be availble for you after the training!

LIve Drill - Let’s Be Prepared for the next Disaster!

What: Live Drill
When: September 10th
Time: 0830 a.m.
End Time: 11:30 a.m.
Where: 1525 Scenic View Way, Nipomo, CA
POC: Julie Monser 805-264-3422

We will be having a live drill with live horses at this event. If you are a trailering team, this is a must do event! We would like to get as many people as possible here for this event. If you are at all interested in helping us move horses/animals during a disaster/fire, attending this event will tell you if you are suited for trailering or sheltering. Even if you can't bring your trailer and/or your partner, come anyway. We have members that are willing to have you ride along with them to test your skills. It would be great if we could put some faces with the names of some of our members. Hope to see everyone there!

Julie Monser is the person to call if you have any questions or just want to let her know you will be there 805-264-3422

Please note: 8:30 am is the gathering time so we know how many rigs we have and we can start promptly at 9 with the actual evacuation process. See you there!

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team to Host Trailer Rodeo

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET) will hold its annual Trailer Rodeo at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Santa Maria Elks Unocal Event Center, 4040 Highway 101, Santa Maria. The free, special event, designed to help drivers improve their trailer towing, parking and backing skill is open to the public. California Highway Patrol will also be on hand to talk about proper trailer lights, road safety, and laws pertaining to trailers on the road.

“The better you back up the better you do everything else. You never know what kind of situation you’er going to be in with a trailer behind your truck, and you need to be able to handle all sorts of driving situations. The trailer rodeo provides an opportunity to experience a variety of driving situations in a safe setting,” said HEET President Susan McElhinney.

HEET trainers will set up a series of plastic barrels for a driving course which may included slalom driving, straight parking, backing into narrow spaces and parallel parking. They will also provide visual inspections of trailer connections, and direction in safely connecting trailers to towing vehicles.

While HEET is focused on the safety of animals and their people, the organization encourages drivers who tow trailers of any description to take advantage of the training session. Simply show up with a truck and trailer.

Since 2003, the non-profit organization has assisted fire departments, police departments, the California Highway Patrol and SLO County Sheriff’s Department in providing emergency services for large animals, including horses, cattle, llamas and more. Volunteers work with CalFire, San Luis Obispo County Fire Chiefs Association, SLO County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP to implement training programs that included the incident command system, Red Cross disaster services, first aid/CPR, horse handling, trailer handling, fire safety, large animal rescue, horse triage and horse first aid. Classes are ongoing and expanding so all necessary areas are covered.

Volunteers lend their time and equipment at no cost to the county or owners of rescued animals. In addition, HEET works with veterinarians, feed stores, ranch owners, fairground officials and local feedlots to ensure all evacuated animals receive the best care possible.

For more information about HEET, or to volunteer, visit or call (805) 466-7457.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Robert Taylor @ 916-215-2932.