Training Emergency Services

Training for Emergency Services

The H.E.R.P. provides a one-day training for emergency services.

This training is suitable for both firefighters and police officers.

During the training the students are trained in  safely catching and handling exotic animals. They are taught to safely track, recognize and capture any exotic animal during interventions.

During the training,  the legislation on the keeping and trading of exotic animals, as well as the recognition of exotic, endemic and potentially dangerous species is emphasised.

During a practical session, students learn how  to approach, catch and restrain reptiles, but also what materials can be used to safely move and transport exotic animals.

The training is supported with a powerpoint presentation and an extensive syllabus, which can  be provided for each student. This syllabus can perfectly serve as a reference work for after the course. During the training, all participants get the chance to practice with a wide array of live animals.

Our course 'Recognizing and Approaching Exotic Animals for Emergency Services' contains the following subjects:

- Exotic animals as pets in our society

An introductory chapter that sheds light on the development and current state of the terrarium hobby.

- Introduction to the Biology of Herpetofauna & Arthropoda

An introduction to better understand some important biological, anatomical and physiological characteristics of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.

- Recognize Herpetofauna and Arthropoda

During this chapter, students learn to distinguish between dangerous and non-dangerous groups and what species are most commonly kept in captivity. The recognition of native animal species is also covered in this chapter.

- Correct handling of cold-blooded animals

The students are brought into 'hands-on' contact with all kinds of cold-blooded animals. Proper handling and transport techniques as well as stress prevention are covered.

- National and international legislation

In this section the legislation on the keeping and trading of exotic animals is covered. Policemen also learn how to carry out a global check on these regulations during interventions.


Up to 8 hours.

Can be adjusted to your preference


- Powerpoint presentations

The powerpoint presentations, which are used during the course of the training, can be delivered to the students in advance or during the lesson.

This can be done in advance through e-mail or can be handed out at the beginning of the lesson.

- Syllabus

A summary work with all subjects cited in the course. The ideal reference book for the office or in the field.


On request


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