BHS Pilot the BARTA Emergency Responder Animal Handling – Equine Training in South Wales
Earlier in the year we were approached by Jan Roche National Manager for Wales at the British Horse Society (BHS) to see if we could assist in delivering animal handling training to the emergency services in her area.
Jan had been working with Carmarthenshire Road Safety team to look at options for delivering training to the Dyfed-Powys Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Primarily the aim was to look at improving the safety of their response by providing training, in turn giving the responders confidence in assessing and dealing with the incidents and reducing the impact of equine incidents on the local emergency services.
We met with the team, listened to their issues and the reasoning behind their focus on equine animal rescue training. Then working together we were able to offer, with our partners at the Horse Trust, a blended learning package to support their aims. BARTA are pleased to announce that the BHS pilot practical workshop will be taking place at: Pibwrlwyd Campus, Coleg SirGar on 2nd November 2017.
We already have 10 candidates working through our assessed pre-course eLearning, preparing for the practical day. We also have a number of observers attending, looking at the suitability of the course and the potential for a wider rollout of the training supported by the Welsh Government.
Our equine entry level course focuses on behaviour and handling however we also include other species within the eLearning to allow delegates a wider understanding of the issues faced at animal related incidents. Our modular content looks at Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and animal control equipment, legislation, Dynamic Risk Assessment (DRA), planning a safe rescue, animal and equine behaviour, moving horses that can’t be caught, leading a horse, approach and retreat, head collars and how to load and unload a horsebox/trailer.
BARTA are pleased to be working with the British Horse Society, who in 2016 launched their ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow?’ campaign. A driver safety campaign designed to encourage drivers to pass horses safely.
With an increasing number of reported incidents involving riders and cars, they are building on a solid foundation of road safety education and campaigning to make drivers aware of what to do when they encounter horses on the road.
Four simple safety steps for passing horses are:
1. Slow down to 15mph
2. Be patient, don’t sound your horn or rev your engine
3. Pass wide (at least a car’s width)
4. Drive slowly away.
The BHS have produced a short video on how to safely pass horses on the road:
For further information on the BHS take a look at their website: http://www.bhs.org.uk/
The BARTA Equine training programme is aimed at providing both qualification and standardisation of techniques for emergency responders and in turn achieving a wide scale seamless, professional approach to dealing with incidents involving animals.