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San Luis Obispo County HEET program trains drivers how to maneuver trailers in case of evacuation

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 20:55:04-05

Community members are learning how to safely evacuate large animals and maneuver trailers in the case of an emergency.

People brought their trailers and trucks to the Horse Emergency Evacuation Team of San Luis Obispo County (HEET)'s rodeo at the Elks Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria.

The rodeo was not about training drivers how to load animals, but rather how to navigate their rigs in tight situations.

The SLO south county director for HEET said the California Highway Patrol was there to ensure trailers were legal and safe to haul.

"We're having CHP look at each truck and trailer to ensure that the trailer isn't bigger than the truck's capability of pulling it, so making sure that it has breakaway, making sure they're safe just for road driving," said Julie Monser, the HEET South County director.

The trailer rodeo was HEET's first in-person event in several months.

While most of the training involved drivers being naturally distanced from others, masks were required for all attendees.