A training program in Iowa is teaching first responders how to handle animals in emergency situations.

Davenport television station KWQC reports volunteer veterinarians and technicians run the Basic Animal Rescue Training program. It started in Minnesota in 2004 and just a few classes have been held in Iowa.

Firefighters learn basic first aid in the hands-on sessions. It includes checking an animal's body temperature and practicing CPR. They also learn how to approach and handle animals in distress.

Blue Grass Assistant Fire Chief Jack Stoffers says the training will hopefully help responders act quickly to get everyone out of an emergency. His department recently received training.

The station reports FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have certified the BART courses.