Large animal rescue training for fire and rescue services 


Source photos BARTA and Ronald Rongen


May 2024

Preliminary meeting in the Netherlands for the upcoming BARTA Conference 2024, Glasgow, Scotland

BARTA Conference 2024, Glasgow, Scotland: Entitled “Global Solutions To Tackle Local Issues”

- Aimed at national and international emergency services, veterinary and welfare professionals, emergency and community resilience planners. This unique conference continues to inspire excellence in animal response!

June 12th-14th 2024, in partnership with Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, Scotland. 

 

Source photo Ronald Rongen

Pictured from left to right:

- Joris Wijnker

Visiting researcher at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences - Department of Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University,

- Jim Green

Director at the UK Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association,  (BARTA) and animal rescue specialist at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service,

- Ronald Rongen

Researcher and Expert in Farm Animal Behavior, Specialist in Species-Appropriate Animal Husbandry, Instructor Technical Large Animal Rescue,  Animal Ethologist.

 


May 2024

RONALD RONGEN IS ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE EUROPEAN UNION TO HAVE ACQUIRED THE ACCREDITED "BARTA INSTRUCTOR LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE RESPONDER" LICENSE

The standardization of rescue training for large (farm) animals for fire and rescue services in Europe is, (following the English standard) a big step closer in May 2024. On May 3 2024, Ronald Rongen (LSSE) was one of the first in the European union to pass the internationally highly regarded and recognized instructor course of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association, (BARTA).

After an intensive training in England and after completing both theoretical and practical assessments, all participants (5 English professional Firefighters and Ronald), successfully passed the exam. 

Supporting first responders in solving emergencies involving animals.

With verified, safe and welfare oriented plans, that's what drives me to represent BARTA worldwide.

BARTA is world renowned for its good reputation and is in a unique position  when it comes to bringing together expertise from different industries and specialties.

Their joint collaboration will impact the future of animal incident management across a broad spectrum of agencies and applications.

From localized animal incidents to large-scale emergencies and disasters involving multiple agencies.

As an example, consider the increase in flooding that is becoming more and more frequent.

This fact requires a focused approach even in animal rescue and therefore poses great challenges to rescue services.

The common goal of both LSSE and BARTA is to train, motivate and inspire people by creating opportunities and leaving “Inspiring excellence in animal welfare and animal response” as a legacy for our future generations.

 

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR 'LSSE' AND 'BARTA' AND WHAT IS THE LINK TO ANIMAL HUSBANDRY?

- Building a network of knowledge on standardization of rescue training of large (farm) animals on a European level according to the proven BBARTA concept,

- Information, education and (practical) training to everyone working with or handling large (farm) animals,

- Education, information, instruction and training for veterinary professionals, agricultural farms, agricultural schools, agricultural colleges, agricultural study clubs, etc.

 

Please feel free to contact me here for further information, and be inspired to excellence in animal welfare and animal response.

Ronald Rongen

Source photos Ronald Rongen


May 2024

Practical training of professional Firefighters:

- Threading techniques (the four ‘assistants’ in a total of six variations)

- Working with Webbing Strop (5m / 7m / 9m), Limb Crook and the Strop Guide.

- Proper application of a Medical Suspension Harness and how to use a Quick Release Spreader Bar.

 

Source photos Ronald Rongen


Incidents Involving Animals "SELECT"

S - Safety: 

Are the safety measures in place proportionate to the risk and does everyone on scene understand the risk?

E - Environment

What are the environmental factors and how do they impact the complexity of the incident, the skill sets required to operate within or achieve a rescue.

L - Leadership

Do we have the right leadership in place, are they working together and do they have shared situational awareness?

E - Equipment

Is equipment fit for purpose, available in an acceptable timeframe and adaptable for the tasks required?

C - Casualty

In the plan casualty centric and do we have appropriate and sufficient veterinary responders on scene?

T - Techniques: 

Are the techniques appropriate for the animal and any medical or physiological needs.

Source text BARTA


May 2024

By invitation, I was a guest of the "Weilerswist Volunteer Fire Brigade".

For everyone interested in large animal rescue techniques, it was an interesting and educational day.

Also the local press showed interest, which is very much appreciated.

After a theoretical part at the fire station, the practical part followed on a nearby dam.

 

First of all the basic equipment necessary for the rescue of large animals was explained.

After that, following operating procedures were extensively practiced: 

- Improvised Halter and Head Collars

- Animal Rescue Carry Sheet

- Threading techniques (the four ‘assistants’ in a total of six variations)

- Strop Guide

- Heavy Duty Limb Crook

- Webbing Strops (5m / 7m / 9m)

- Practical demonstration of how "Rollover" and "Controlled Rollover" work in operation

-  Rescue Harness Set (2x rescue strops plus anti spill straps)

- Medical Suspension Harness

- Considerations when mechanically lifting and lowering animals in a Rescue Harness

- How to use a Quick Release Spreader Bar. 

 

Source photos Ronald Rongen


April 2024

On invitation, I was as a guest of the “Volunteer Fire Brigade of the Cloppenburg District Fire Brigade Association”.

On the program was “Rescue training for fire and rescue services for the purpose of rescuing large animals”. 

After the theoretical part at the fire station, the practical part followed near a water collection basin.

 

First of all the basic equipment necessary for the rescue of large animals was explained.

After that, following operating procedures were extensively practiced: 

- Improvised Halter and Head Collars

- Rescue Glide; Glide Bar / Auxiliary Glide Sheets

- Animal Rescue Carry Sheet

- Webbing Strops (5m / 7m / 9m)

- Heavy Duty Limb Crook

- Threading techniques (the four ‘assistants’ in a total of six variations)

- Strop Guide

- Practical demonstration of how "Rollover" and "Controlled Rollover" work in operation

-  Rescue Harness Set (2x rescue strops plus anti spill straps)

- Medical Suspension Harness

- Considerations when mechanically lifting and lowering animals in a Rescue Harness

- How to use a Quick Release Spreader Bar. 

 

Source photos Ronald Rongen