More than 130 emergency services members have brushed up on their livestock rescue skills during joint-training for large animal rescues across the Mid-Coast. NSW Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the State Emergency Services (SES) personnel participated, instructed by Hawkesbury SES volunteer David King. The training took place over four days in Port Macquarie, Macksville and Nabiac from September 27 to 30. NSW SES Northern Zone Deputy Commander Anthony Day said the courses are focused on responding to incidents involving the rescue and recovery of large animals. "FRNSW and SES members are undertaking this joint training to ensure they are accredited to provide services involving domesticated animals," he said. "Emergencies can involve a cow stuck in a dam or even a large transport accident with livestock. "It's important to undertake this training for the safety of animals and rescuers, and update with appropriate modern techniques." Volunteers and paid staff were briefed on the risks facing first responders rescuing large animals, the involvement of veterinarians and sharing of equipment. Teams were tested on handling of large animals, scene management, use of specialist equipment and techniques. They were also instructed on supporting potential euthanasia of large animals in critical situations. "Emergency services personnel must ensure they remain up to speed in developed techniques and skills for large animals rescue," said Mr Day. "These training days are part of ongoing training and supporting volunteer and retained personnel in their roles. "We are also looking for future joint caches of new equipment such as slings, harnesses, sides and lifts used in these kinds of situations. "This will ensure the best equipment is available into the future." Mr Day said members were also given information about illnesses affecting large animals such as Q Fever and Hendra Virus. Q fever is a bacterial infection which can cause a severe flu-like illness and is spread from animals, mainly cattle, sheep and goats. Hendra virus is a potentially fatal virus that infects large fruit bats but can be spread to horses and humans, according information from NSW Health. While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE.