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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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Collaborative Training

The Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR), BARTA and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) have held a joint training day looking at large animal response. Emergency responders face a variety of challenges during operational activity and their tactics always need to consider the presence of animals. The better prepared animal establishments and responders are ahead of a problem, the more effective they will both be if an emergency occurs. UK national guidance for the fire and rescue service prompts fire authorities to gather information about animal establishments, in order for responders to understand the complexities and hazards associated with an unwanted event at the location. The DATR delivers animal handling training for more than 400 personnel and role specific training for hundreds of Military Working Animals per year. The unit is a joint service establishment with serving personnel from several … Continue reading

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Milestone for BARTA – UK’s first Large Animal Rescue Instructor Course

UK wide standardisation of large animal rescue training for fire and rescue services took a step closer this month as the first BARTA Accredited Instructors course was delivered to firefighters from South Wales, Cheshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.  BARTA’s Jim Green reflected on the achievement, “In 2008 fire and rescue services began collaborating to develop standard training and protocols for large animal rescue. Since then almost all UK fire authorities have adopted large animal rescue response models.  Operational learning has taught us that incidents involving animals is a broader subject area and impacts many more responder groups than just firefighters. BARTA was established to provide coordination for this expanding initiative together with partners and stakeholders from the rescue, veterinary and welfare communities. Through collaboration we have further developed policy, training and guidance, building on those early training offerings and aligning … Continue reading

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BARTA Small Animal Trauma Guidelines Highly Commended by RCVS

The RCVS Knowledge Awards for Quality Improvement showcase the implementation of Quality Improvement techniques which drive improvement within the profession. The fifth RCVS Knowledge Awards focusing on QI were awarded in 2023. BARTA were recognised under the Highly Commended, Ones to Watch criteria, citing the provision of evidence-based guidelines and training for emergency first responders to provide pre-veterinary immediate care and developing a handover checklist to use when handing over to veterinary professionals. BARTA Director Jim Green thanks all of the contributors to this essential work. “Emergency responders frequently encounter animals in the course of their operational duties, many of whom, like their owners, are suffering trauma and distress. BARTA are working on a suite of materials to support emergency responders in providing lifesaving pre veterinary care to animals caught up in emergency or disaster. The first stage was to … Continue reading

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