Emergency Service Control Room Resource
There is an increasing demand for veterinary support at incidents attended by our emergency services involving trapped animals or the presence of injured or stressed animals.
Working alongside emergency services is very different from regular veterinary life and the skills required to operate effectively in such situations does not form part of the current curriculum at university. BARTA’s role is to provide support to all sections of the responding community, with a particular current focus on veterinary skills and education.
The UK Fire and Rescue Service now have an efficient operational response to animal related incidents across most of the UK.
- 90% of local authorities have an animal rescue capability.
- Their training and operating protocols call for early veterinary attendance at large animal rescues.
In 2007 BEVA established a list of equine practices that could be called upon to assist at a rescue or other incident involving animals. This was a tremendous step forward in speeding up the call for veterinary attendance.
The Fire Service has now asked for a solution to summon species specific vets and identify vets who have been trained by BARTA.
To fulfil this need BARTA have developed an online resource that uses geographical location information to allow control room operators to pinpoint the nearest suitable veterinary resource for the incident in hand.
We have created a database of vets and support services with all large animal vets in the UK. We are inviting vet practices to “claim” their listing in this directory and provide key information which will assist the emergency services in assessing skills and suitability before asking for assistance.
The first will be a simple, clear mechanism for emergency services to contact the right resource in the timeliest fashion.
As this develops we will provide a second, public facing application for members of the public to use when requiring veterinary support that cannot be provided by their own vet, for instance when on the road or at an event.