When transporting a patient with a service animal, every effort should be made to do so in a safe manner for the patient, the animal, and the crew members. If possible, the animal should be secured in some manner in order to prevent injury to either the animal or the crew during transport. Safe transport devices may include: crates, cages, specialty carriers, seatbelts, or passenger restraints using a specialized harness or seat belt attachment.
In certain situations it may not be possible for the animal to be transported with the patient. In that case, every effort should be made to ensure safe care and transportation of the animal by alternative means (see below). EMS should notify the receiving facility of the presence of a service animal accompanying the patient.
Under major disruptive conditions, the assistance dog may show signs of confusion and should be given time to settle down. Learn more at http://www.iaadp.org/disaster.html. Emergency management partners, including Fire, Police and EMTs, should consider issuing a clear policy for service animals and alternative modes of transportation.
Alternative modes of transportation can include:
1. Animal control (a service animal should never be confined with another animal)
3. Fire can transport, if available (and will not be forced to leave their zone)
4. A friend, neighbor, or relative.
5. The EMS supervisor can transport the animal in the fast response vehicle.
Regardless of who transports the animal (if not the ambulance), please make a note regarding the person to whom care of the animal was released in the EMS paperwork. If possible, have the police note it as well. A lost service animal is a traumatic experience for a disabled person and can be costly to replace.