NORMAN — In a burning house or amid the debris of a natural disaster, pets suffer alongside the people who own them.
Firefighters in central Oklahoma will learn how to save pets during a three-day course sponsored by the Oklahoma City Kennel Club.
The Basic Animal Rescue Training course will be Friday through Oct. 6 at the Norman Fire Department training center. Firefighters, paramedics, law officers and members of the armed services can learn how to help pets in all kinds of emergencies.
Keith Nelson, chief of training for the Norman Fire Department, said 40 Norman firefighters are enrolled.
The firefighters saw dogs, cats, horses and all kinds of animals displaced and injured while responding to the May 20 tornado in Moore, Nelson said.
“There was such a large number of animals displaced in the Moore tornado. You see a need for a game plan,” Nelson said.
Animals were roaming the streets and hiding in debris during search and rescue efforts.
The upcoming class will focus on small animals and how to deal with aggressive dogs.
Dogs may try to protect property without knowing the firefighters are there to help.