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ID
1-508-1222
Name
Animal Depopulation Team
Status
Published
Version
1.5
Updated
11/15/2019 10:17:57 AM
Original Release
06/19/2018
Last Major Release
11/15/2019
Description
The Animal Depopulation Team depopulates animals when necessary because of public health and welfare concerns, disease exposure, disease threat, or infection. This team may depopulate herds and flocks either in open areas or in confined spaces, using specialized equipment and protocols for the affected species.
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Environmental Response/Health and Safety
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
This team: 1. Coordinates with Veterinary Medical Team, Companion Animal Decontamination Team, and disposal personnel as necessary 2. Has competency in one or more depopulation methods outlined in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals 3. Works at existing facilities, such as poultry barns, sale barns, hospitals, and shelters, as well as in the field 4. Performs its duties for one or more of the following populations: a. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals b. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species c. Wildlife, captive wildlife, or zoo animals d. Laboratory animals
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. Requestor specifies type of species, number of existing animals, conditions under which team will operate, desired depopulation method, disease or welfare condition, complicating factors, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements 3. Individuals responding with this team possess the knowledge and skills to perform depopulation activities humanely 4. Requestor specifies whether competency with particular animal populations is necessary 5. Discuss preparation supplies—such as water, foam, or carbon dioxide—as well as animal handling supplies and equipment necessary for species the team will manage 6. Requestor orders additional specialists separately, as necessary, such as Veterinarians, Veterinary Assistants, and Animal Care and Handling Specialists 7. Requestor orders separate resources to provide decontamination of personnel and equipment, if necessary 8. This team does not handle animal remains; requestor plans for disposal of animal remains separately in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 16
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAMRequestor orders additional Animal Care and Handling Specialists and Animal Control/Humane Officers as necessary.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 15 – NIMS Type 1 Animal Depopulation Specialist
Technical Equipment Per TeamNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Equipment needs vary based on the conditions and species involved, and include: 1. Poultry foaming equipment 2. Poultry carbon dioxide equipment 3. Livestock captive bolt 4. Small animal injection materials
General Equipment Per TeamRequestor orders additional trailer or vehicles, such as box trucks, if necessary, depending on species, conditions, presence or absence of disease, and handling requirements.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11. Team transport vehicles (2) 2. Flashlights
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment Per Team MemberThe following regulation addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1PPE is mission specific and may vary by work environment; it includes: 1. Protective footwear 2. Protective clothing for skin exposure 3. Eye and ear protection 4. Respirators 5. Gloves 6. Masks
Communications Equipment Per Team MemberNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11. Two-way portable radio 2. Cell phone
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Companion Animal Decontamination Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Veterinary Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Care & Handling Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Control / Humane Officer
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Depopulation Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, 2013
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Depopulation and Disposal for Birds in Your HPAI-Infected Flock, APHIS 91-85-010, January 2016
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment, latest edition adopted