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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Friday January 26th, 2024 :: 11:00 a.m. PST


Reminder - Emergency Livestock Pass Training

On January 27, 2024, at 09:00 AM, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the second offering of the Livestock Emergency Livestock Pass mandatory training.  Please contact the office if you are interested in attending.  The final training will be on February 21st, 2024, at 5:300PM.
Emergency Livestock  Pass Public Training
            During the 2015 Butte Fire, several ranchers and farmers were unable to gain access past road closures to tend to their livestock. .  As a result of the need for access, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office collaborated with the Calaveras County Ag Department and other stakeholders to develop and implement an Emergency Ranch Access Pass. 
The purpose of creating a county-based “Emergency Ranch Access Pass” program was to provide a uniform way for emergency services workers to identify vetted ranch owner-operators and their employees.
            Possession of an Emergency Ranch Access Pass during a wildfire or a similar disaster (or “all-hazard” emergency) potentially allows the agriculturalist with 10 or more head of livestock or bee hives with limited emergency access to areas that may otherwise be restricted to the public.  The access by pass holders is given for the exclusive purpose of protecting or caring for agricultural assets (such as feeding, watering, and transporting livestock) or providing support information to emergency personnel (such as identifying access roads and water points).
Emergency Ranch Access Pass cards are applied for and distributed to eligible agriculturalists prior to a disaster. The application process is designed to confirm that the cardholder is an
agricultural owner-operator or employee whose services are essential to providing protection or
care for agricultural assets, such as livestock. Individuals eligible for the Emergency Ranch Access Pass must be key personnel with a working knowledge of the agricultural property, including access to irrigation systems, farm equipment, and other essential infrastructure. Before the pass is provided, they will be provided training in emergency procedures and understand that their role is to provide limited protection and/or care to the agricultural operation, not to fight fire or act as first responders during a disaster.
Possession of an Emergency Ranch Access Pass card does not necessarily mean the cardholder is guaranteed access through road closures.  During imminent danger, front-line emergency personnel are empowered to use their discretion when protecting emergency crews and the public from unnecessary exposure to risk. However, when the boundaries of the closure area include agricultural land not deemed at imminent risk, the cards may allow employees or owners access to agricultural property at the discretion of front-line emergency personnel.
            Beginning in January of 2024, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with CAL-FIRE, will be holding classroom-based training sessions to those who may qualify for the issuance of a pass.  
Please contact Lieutenant Greg Stark (209-754-6783) or Sergeant Jason Waite (209-754-6786) to sign up for the training.  

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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