FCTRT Members Complete Technical Large Animal Rescue Training in Kentucky

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently attended a Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAR) training class in Richmond, Kentucky.  The extensive four day course taught team members the most efficient techniques to save oversized animals in catastrophic situations.  Sponsored largely by USRider, the course was conducted on the campus at Eastern Kentucky University.

The class was taught by two of the most prominent instructors in the country, Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca M. Gimenez who have literally written the book on large animal rescue.  The approximate 40 hours of extensive hands on training taught techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.  In addition, the course covered HAZMAT decontamination of large animals, the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, chemical restraint, rescue ropes and knots, rescue from horse barn fires, mud rescue, helicopter rescue, water rescue, and numerous other situations.

“We were very fortunate to have several of our members able to make the long trip to eastern Kentucky for this class,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Many of our members have already had extensive training in large animal rescue but this class is one of the most comprehensive training courses in the country and covered all aspects of large animal rescue.  In addition, being able to complete this class with specially trained live animals added to the realistic nature and difficulty of the training,” said Snider.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad now comprised of 39 volunteers from various emergency response agencies and the private sector that is solely funded through sponsors, donations, and private grants.  The Team does not accept or receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that there is no cost for the all volunteer Team.  The FCTRT is an Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and has formed alliances with the Rossville Fire Department, Search Dogs South, and the Kelsey Canine Medical Center and holds active Team memberships with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the International Association for Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS), the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA), the National Association of Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams (NAVSAR), and the Mid-South Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Mid-South VOAD).  The Team is fully insured; available to respond in most of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas; and provides specialized emergency response to fire departments, police departments, and agencies requesting additional assistance or personnel without charge. 

If you are interested in joining, assisting, donating, or just looking for more information about the Team – please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com, visit them on Facebook, or call them anytime at (901) 496-6800.