This will be a bit complex, so a bit of background first. I am very involved in the animal- rescue community. I’m a lifelong cave enthusiast. I’ve been teaching environmental
cleanup & safety courses for 20 years. I moderate discussion groups on hazmat response
and animal rescue on a website for firefighters. I am also, for several reasons, an
admirer of the only flying mammal, the bat. All of these factors come into play below.
1) Friend e-mails me about dog trapped in cave. 2) This particular fire dept. wouldn’t
help, since it wasn’t a human. 3) I alerted a couple of my hazmat students who are also cavers. They alerted others. Dog rescued! 4) Hot caving issue of the day is cave quarantines/closures due to massive, mysterious bat die-offs, possibly associated with
a pathogenic fungus, and I teach mold remediation. Shows how everything is interconnected.