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Conference 2024 – Next Steps

BARTA concluded our conference “Global Solutions to Tackle Local Issues” which was attended by 100 delegates from across the world. This was the first time the international community has met in person since California in 2017. Picking up on the key outcomes from the last conference and considering the accelerating impact of climate emergencies, the outcome of this conference is the first step in creating an International Community of Practice, designed to support each other in responding to community events affecting people and animals, to strengthen and develop our local initiatives. More details will follow, but here is an update from BARTA’s Josh Slater.

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BARTA Response to Recent Cow Incident

The recent incident involving a police responder immobilising a young heifer with a vehicle has caused outcry from many quarters. Viewing this approach looks terrible and it undoubtedly is. But it is not the first time that UK police have been criticised for the way they dealt with loose animals.* With that in mind, there is clearly an opportunity to identify why these situations are occurring and support our emergency responders in bringing animal incidents to a safe conclusion in the most appropriate and proportionate way. A key role of BARTA is to work with response agencies and emergency planners to identify foreseeable situations where animals and people are placed at risk and provide effective solutions through awareness, training and a collaborative approach to incident resolution. BARTA exists because there is no clear mandate or framework which recognises non disease … Continue reading

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BARTA Sign new MOU with ICPEM

BARTA are delighted to announce a new collaboration agreement with the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM). In an increasingly precarious world, it is important to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a variety of disruptive events, accidents and emergencies. With civil protection roots pre-dating World War II, ICPEM are the oldest learned society wholly dedicated to international disaster science studies and research. ICPEM is a membership body that is frequently consulted by government and industry for its professional views whilst providing professional development and support to its members. The Institute unites academics, policy makers and preparedness and response professionals, to benefit not just its members but the industries they work in and public communities across the world. Through promoting excellence in civil protection and emergency management ICPEM is dedicated to achieving better outcomes in disasters … Continue reading

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Rapid Relief Team to provide Incident Ground Feeding at the BARTA Conference

BARTA are delighted to confirm that global charity The Rapid Relief Team will be demonstrating their mobile emergency field catering at our upcoming conference. They will be providing lunch for delegates over the two main conference days with their mobile feeding station, just as they would during an emergency or disaster. Serving people across the globe with teams in Australia, the United Kingdom, North and South America, the Caribbean, Canada, New Zealand and across Europe, RRT offers quality catering assistance and tangible support to charities, government and emergency services confronting some of humankind’s greatest challenges. Jim Green, BARTA Director said, ”This team of international volunteers perform a role equally as important as the emergency responders they aim to serve. With nearly 30 years experience of attending often lengthy incidents, I know first hand how important it is for emergency responders … Continue reading

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A day at the Bristol Zoo Project

Neil Rae, BARTA Project Manager was given an amazing opportunity to watch a range of procedures being carried out under general anesthetic on one of the Giraffes at the Bristol Zoo Project thanks to Will Walker, Curator of Mammals.  Along with Tony Ward from Resquip, a great supporter of BARTA, we had the opportunity to look at how our manual manipulation techniques and the animal rescue kit used by the Fire and Rescue Service animal rescue teams might be applied in this environment. We had brought along a strop guide, glide sheet, 7 metre strops and head carry sheets ready for use if needed. The whole procedure is time critical and with Giraffe under general anaesthetic, the strops and the head carry sheets proved their worth helping to support the weight of his neck whilst skidding his body into a … Continue reading

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New Resources – Lifting Project 2024

BARTA are creating a new suite of large animal rescue educational lifting films, with support from Farol Ltd, based in Oxfordshire, who generously supplied us with a telehandler for the filming. Ollie Bensted-Smith brought a Kramer KT3610 demonstrator to our training centre at the Horse Trust to demonstrate the advantages of a machine commonly available in an agricultural setting. Various scenarios were created to show the versatility of the telehandler such as lifting an animal to extract it from an entrapment or when in a restricted space such as a swimming pool. We are grateful to Animal Rescue Accredited Instructors from Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Services, who participated in the filming. As well as demonstrating the types of lifting machinery available, they also helped create new films showing the methods of safely applying harnesses to animals for … Continue reading

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Two Days of Intensive Training

BARTA Director Jim Green has just returned from two days of training with the veterinary team responsible for the cross country event at the Paris 2024 Equestrian Games. Jim said: ‘It has been an intense few days of planning, preparing and testing ahead of the biggest equestrian date in the calendar. Challenges of large events like this include the inability to move around the site quickly and therefore the positioning of response resources is key. My role has been to view the site with veterinary leads and identify areas that require particular planning in case of an incident. I have had the pleasure of carrying out scenario training with treating vets and equine ambulance teams, as well as giving a talk on responding as a team for an event which sees a whole host of volunteers come together to make … Continue reading

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Preparing for Equine Cross Country at the Paris Olympics

This weekend BARTA Director Jim Green will travel to France to meet Professor Anne Couroucé who is leading the equine veterinary response team at the Paris Olympics. Jim will visit the site of the equine cross country course at Versailles, before attending training at the military school of equitation in Fontainebleau. During 2 days of intensive preparation, Jim will support through delivery of practical training in safe management of a recumbent horse to vets and supporting professionals. In 2012 Jim supported the Vet Services Team during the Cross Country event at the London Olympics. More recently, BARTA have delivered event incident management training to staff from UK racecourses, following guidance from the BHA, detailing equipment and skills that are utilised in responding to foreseeable incidents.

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New Techniques for Racecourse Incident Response Teams in action!

Training by the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) contributed to the success of an incident involving a racehorse named Battle Cry, who flipped over backwards in the starting stalls before a race at Doncaster last week. Racecourse Veterinary Surgeon Nigel Haizelden was immediately on scene and worked with the stalls team to swiftly resolve the situation which if not dealt with effectively, could have resulted in injury to the horse and those around it. Nigel sedated Battle Cry, to calm the situation and prevent him panicking. The stalls team immediately removed adjacent horses to create space and make it safe to work around the horse, placing a head sheet under him to protect his face and eye as he lay on the ground. A rescue strap was threaded around his chest and he was quickly slid from … Continue reading

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BEVA Equine Welfare Award 2023

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) recognised BARTA Director Jim Green during this year’s annual congress awards ceremony. The award for significant contribution to equine welfare was presented by HRH The Princess Royal and sponsored by the Blue Cross. BEVA and The Princess Royal have a long standing interest in the animal rescue initiative, having hosted a launch for the Emergency Services Protocol at Buckingham Palace in 2007. Following the launch, recognising the need for veterinarians to effectively support emergency service responders at incidents, BEVA president Professor Josh Slater established BEVA’s Safer Horse Rescue initiative and introduced training for veterinary professionals. Josh, himself a recipient of the BEVA Welfare Award in 2009 for his commitment to the animal rescue initiative went on to co-found BARTA with Jim in 2012 and remains on the Board of Directors. Through his time developing … Continue reading

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