Follow Us On:


PO Box 903

Spring Lake, NC 28390

(888) 282-4602 Emergency

(910) 494-8210 / (919)201-6789


Volunteer Information
NC EAST is a volunteer organization and we take pride in being able to provide equine related services to the private and professional equine community due to the dedication of our volunteers.  We have a team of experienced, professional, and safety minded individuals who operate the unit on emergency, non-emergency service calls, and during standbys at events and steeplechases as well as being readily available for deployment to local, state, and federal small and large scale incidents. 
Volunteer Requirements
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer as an Attendant and 21 years of age or older to volunteer as an Attendant and Driver.
  • Volunteers must be mentally stable and emotionally capable of handling emergency and non-emergency situations and public relations.
  • Volunteers must be physically strong (able to lift at least 50 pounds and carry that weight for a distance of no less than 100 feet) and possess other skills that support the mission of NC EAST and coincide with the duties and description of the volunteer position they hold.  
  • If the volunteer position involves contact with, potential for contact with, or handling of equines and/or training the volunteer must have experience handling and interacting with and/or around equines. 
  • Volunteers must be physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of handling the duties of a NC EAST volunteer and the operation of the unit's equipment.  The duties of a NC EAST volunteer team member may include moderate to heavy lifting, strenuous activity, physical exertion, and the high possibly of having to see an equine in a compromising, often traumatic, situation or euthanized.
  •  All members must obtain and maintain a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification as well as certifications through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or an emergency services agency in Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) 100 (IS-100.b) and ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 200 (IC-200.b).  Members interested in assisting with Natural Disaster incidents and being available for deployment by local, state, or federal agencies to large scale incidents must be additionally certified in National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction 700 (IS-700.a) and National Response Framework, An Introduction 800 (IS-800.b) as well as Livestock in Disasters (IS-111.A) and Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness (IS-10.a).  Members have one (1) year from the membership approval date to obtain the required certifications.  Failure to obtain or maintain required certifications may be cause for dismissal from NC EAST. 
  • All members are required to actively participate in no less than a basic level equine/livestock/large animal technical rescue course within a year of volunteer approval.  This training will be at the expense of the volunteer member if any fees apply.  Certification is not required but proof of participation must be made available.  This training can be instructed through TLAER, Inc (, Code 3 Associates ( or 4HFES and NC SMART, LLC (, or other approved educational training source.  Members have one (1) year from the membership approval date to obtain the required training.
  • Volunteers must not have any known underlying health conditions or concerns which may limit their actions or abilities or which may be exacerbated by any environmental factors encountered during events or service call requests and must present proof of current individual health insurance.
  • In order to maintain active status with NC EAST, volunteers must attend and assist with at least one contracted event/steeplechases or call for service, at least one scheduled training every twelve months and at least one general meeting.
  • Volunteers will join NC EAST under a “Trainee” status and will receive training necessary to become familiar with the NC EAST Unit and Equipment and the standard operating guidelines.
  • Volunteers must meet the following requirements prior to being promoted to “Attendant" - Must attend at least one event and one steeplechase as a 3rd person "Trainee", along with a seasoned Driver and Attendant, within 6 months of the date on this document.  Should the trainee not feel confident in his/her training, experience or ability after attending the two events and orientation training he/she can request to remain in a 3rd person status for a longer period.
  • Volunteers must meet the following requirements prior to being promoted to "Team Driver" if he/she chooses to drive the unit - In addition to the Trainee to Attendant Requirements, the volunteer must submit an official Drivers History (usually obtainable through the courthouse, DMV or law enforcement office) and participate in a driving evaluation complete with a driving course where they will be evaluated on their ability to drive and operate the NC EAST truck and trailer unit in a safe, professional, and skillful manner.  A volunteer will only be permitted to drive the unit after the evaluation is complete, he/she has been voted on and approved by the Board of Directors as a Team Driver and they have been added to the NC EAST Insurance Policy as a driver. 

If you are interested in volunteering with NC EAST...

Please download the application packet via the link to the right and once the application is reviewed and completed submit the application along with any applicable documentation as directed on the forms.  You do not have to have the required certifications prior to volunteering as you have one year to obtain the applicable certifications.  A NC EAST member will make contact with you when your application has been received.

Required Certification Information

The required Emergency Incident Management certifications can be found at the links below.  The courses are completed entirely online and are FREE!  At the completion of the course and test there is an option to print a certificate.

ICS 100 -

ICS 200 -

NIMS 700 -

NIMS 800 -

Livestock In Disasters -

Animals In Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness -

There are additional courses available online through the FEMA Independent Study Program at  Please search the course list and become certified in other training courses that are offered.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
CPR certification training is available through the Red Cross (Red Cross) or through local individual instructors.  Contact your location emergency services agencies or community colleges to locate an instructor near you for upcoming training classes.
4Hooves Farm Equine Services and North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team is a North Carolina based business that provides large animal rescue emergency response, large animal technical rescue training, deceased removal and burial services, and equine transport.  Check out for more information. 
Code 3 Associates has a wide variety of animal rescue related training courses available across the United States.  Check out their website at to find out more!
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc. (TLAER) is a world renowned resource for large animal technical rescue training.  TLAER offers Awareness, Operations, and Technician Level courses.  Visit to learn more about TLAER!