HRH The Princess Royal Opens Training Centre

At an event to celebrate the partnership between BARTA and The Horse Trust in supporting emergency responders to deal effectively with incidents involving animals, HRH The Princess Royal formally opened our new training centre in Buckinghamshire.

Firefighters from seven fire and rescue services, all members of the National Fire Chiefs Council Animal Rescue Practitioners Forum, demonstrated animal rescue techniques during a simulated road incident involving a trapped and loose horse and an injured dog. Police and National Highways Traffic Officers supported the incident scenario along with veterinarians and equine transport professionals.

During the visit, members of BARTA’s stakeholder working groups demonstrated the range of resources being developed to assist responders in carrying out their role and described how the collaborative nature of BARTA brings together all relevant industries to share knowledge and create standardised policies and procedures.

A high percentage of the UK population own animals and it is therefore no surprise that emergency responders encounter animals in the course of their operational duties. Without good situational awareness and the ability to call for specialist support, animals may hinder emergency responders and in some cases a fearful or aggressive animal will pose a physical threat.

Without clear guidance and training, animal welfare may inadvertently be compromised and the additional legal framework that supports animals may lead a well meaning action to place an organisation at legal or reputational risk.

The role of BARTA is to support agencies through assessing their activities and providing role specific guidance and training which will improve safety and welfare of both animals and the people who rescue them.

BARTA would like to thank the Horse Trust Knowledge and Skills Team and following organisations for supporting the practical demonstrations and making the day special;

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police
National Highways
University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
R & L Rose Transport on behalf of PRP Rescue
Resquip Rescue