Team Leader Training with Fire Scotland

12 Firefighters, selected from across Scotland headed to Glasgow Vet School to attend a BARTA 4 day Large Animal Rescue Responder Team Leader course.

BARTA have partnered with the University of Glasgow and Fire Scotland to support the delivery of animal rescue response across the country.

This course builds on previous knowledge and skills in large animal rescue techniques through delivering an understanding of the components required to lead a team and develop a tactical plan in conjunction with the Incident Commander and veterinary specialists on scene.

Over the 4 days subjects included situational awareness of large animals and the context of their behaviour and environments, legislation that must be considered in the management of an animal incident, capabilities of veterinarians and the essential control measures they can provide to make the situation safer for both the animal and rescuer.

BARTA would like to thank Professor Patrick Pollock who hosted the course at the Weipers Centre and has been the catalyst for embedding animal rescue response within the student veterinary curriculum in Scotland’s universities and promoting the addition of trained veterinarians within the emergency services Community Asset Register.

Working with Group Commander Mikey Gemmell, leading the delivery for Scottish Fire and Recue Service, we look forward to seeing how the organisation responds to incidents involving animals within the challenging context of the unique geography of Scotland.