WSDA-Baker, Barbara WSDA-Baker, Barbara

created Feb 04, 2014

updated May 10, 2016

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Data to support goal to increase the percentage of RVC members trained as animal disease first responders.

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Reserve Veterinary Corps database prepared by the WSDA Animal Services Division. Data was collected on 2/4/2014.
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At present, about 52% of our membership is trained as animal disease first responders at a Level 2. By 2016, WSDA’s goal is to increase this percentage to 65% or more. This education will include specialized equipment training, participating in mock exercises, and access to a variety of continuing education opportunities. Training Definitions: Level 2 Training--Completed Incident Command System (ICS) training 100, 200, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700 training; Level 1 Training--Completed ICS training 100, 200, and NIMS 700 training; Foreign Animal Disease Practitioner training and / or 2 WSDA-sponsored courses, Current respirator medical clearance and N95 fit test, and Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) training.
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Washington has unique challenges, such as port access and international borders, that makes disease and pest entry more plausible. We are also faced with the possibility of natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and ice storms that can all negatively affect livestock and poultry. The combined staffs of state and federal animal health agencies will not be adequate to conduct all of the activities that will be required to quickly respond to a foreign animal disease outbreak. Training, educating, and maintaining 65% of the Veterinary Reserve Corps at a Level 1 training provides Washington with the capability to activate a group of volunteers that can efficiently, prepare, respond, and recover from these emergencies in a timely manner.
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