When disaster strikes you need to be ready. Emergencies come in many forms such as natural disasters (fire, flood, and tornado) or man-made disasters (gas well explosion, chemical accidents, or terrorist attacks). Animals can be in put in peril due to these situations and require immediate response and need temporary sheltering. Authorities may issue an evacuation which can last several hours, several days or even weeks. Each emergency requires different measures to keep your animals safe.

In 2004, Pennsylvania adopted the State Animal Response Team (PASART) concept to address animal-related disaster response needs. PASART was founded to assist government officials in dealing with companion animal and domestic livestock needs during a disaster. County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) are the local first responders for PASART.

In 2009, a team of specially trained first responders based out of the North Strabane Fire Department started a Large Animal Response (LAR) team. Since then, the LAR team has grown into the WaCART which consists of a team of volunteers that train for disaster responses involving animals (both large and small animals). WaCART consists of first responders (fire personnel and EMT) and private citizens that work in various professions including safety, business, and marketing fields. Together the expertise and skill sets of both have enabled WaCART to become a resource for the Washington County Emergency Management Office.

Classroom instruction.

WaCART is deployed for animal emergencies through the Washington County 911 Dispatch or PASART Director. Team members are trained in Incident Command System, Hazardous Materials, and various technical rescue and sheltering skills. These trainings enable WaCART to respond to a variety of incidents with companion animals and domestic livestock. WaCART does not respond to wildlife (Game Commission) or animal welfare cases (local humane officer).

WaCART has responded to various disaster situations in which animals are in need of assistance including highway accidents, responses to horses stuck in mud and ice, livestock escaped on local roads, and dogs that have been displaced by a fire. WaCART is fully equipped to respond to these large and small animal disaster situations with their two response trailers. These trailers contain technical equipment for large animal incidents and sheltering supplies for small animal responses.

Washington County residents that are interested in volunteering with WaCART can join the team through the PASART website, http://www.pasart.us/volunteer.aspx. Tax deductible monetary donations can be made to WaCART through the PASART website, http://www.pasart.us/pasartPage.aspx?id=82. At check out of the donation process please designate the donation to WaCART or Washington CART. WaCART also accepts donations of animal response equipment. For more information on WaCART consult the WaCART Facebook page for upcoming meetings and events.

Washington County Animal Response Team Trailers and Equipment

Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) is a fully equipped response team. WaCART has two response trailers; a large animal response (LAR) and small animal response (SAR) trailer. The trailers are maintained at the North Strabane Township Fire Department on Washington Road.

LAR Trailer has all the necessary equipment to respond to a large animal (equine, cow, etc.) call, including two large animal rescue glide sets, strap sets and various rope hauling systems. The LAR Team has responded to 50 incidents involving large animals since 2009.

SAR Trailer has all the necessary equipment to respond to a small animal shelter call. The trailer is fully stocked with all the necessary supplies to set-up an emergency shelter for small animals, including a generator, ID-tag equipment, litter boxes, food and water bowls, leashes and harnesses. The SAR Team has responded to 12 incidents involving companion animals since 2009. WaCART has access to housing crates at two locations throughout Washington County and can be mobilized to a shelter location that the Washington County Emergency Management Office designates. WaCART has crates for small, medium, and large animals (dogs and cats).

Washington County Animal Response Team Community Outreach

When disaster strikes you need to be ready. Emergencies come in many forms such as natural disasters (fire, flood, and tornado) or man-made disasters (gas well explosion, chemical accidents, or terrorist attacks). Animals can be in put in peril due to these situations and require immediate response and need temporary sheltering. Authorities may issue an evacuation which can last several hours, several days or even weeks. Each emergency requires different measures to keep your animals safe.

In 2004, Pennsylvania adopted the State Animal Response Team (PASART) concept to address animal-related disaster response needs. PASART was founded to assist government officials in dealing with companion animal and domestic livestock needs during a disaster. County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) are the local first responders for PASART.

In 2009, a team of specially trained first responders based out of the North Strabane Fire Department started a Large Animal Response (LAR) team. Since then, the LAR team has grown into the WaCART which consists of a team of volunteers that train for disaster responses involving animals (both large and small animals). WaCART consists of first responders (fire personnel and EMT) and private citizens that work in various professions including safety, business, and marketing fields. Together the expertise and skill sets of both have enabled WaCART to become a resource for the Washington County Emergency Management Office.

WaCART is deployed for animal emergencies through the Washington County 911 Dispatch or PASART Director. Team members are trained in Incident Command System, Hazardous Materials, and various technical rescue and sheltering skills. These trainings enable WaCART to respond to a variety of incidents with companion animals and domestic livestock. WaCART does not respond to wildlife (Game Commission) or animal welfare cases (local humane officer).

WaCART has responded to various disaster situations in which animals are in need of assistance including highway accidents, responses to horses stuck in mud and ice, livestock escaped on local roads, and dogs that have been displaced by a fire. WaCART is fully equipped to respond to these large and small animal disaster situations with their two response trailers. These trailers contain technical equipment for large animal incidents and sheltering supplies for small animal responses.

Washington County residents that are interested in volunteering with WaCART can join the team through the PASART website, http://www.pasart.us/volunteer.aspx. Tax deductible monetary donations can be made to WaCART through the PASART website, http://www.pasart.us/pasartPage.aspx?id=82. At check out of the donation process please designate the donation to WaCART or Washington CART. WaCART also accepts donations of animal response equipment. For more information on WaCART consult the WaCART Facebook page for upcoming meetings and events.

Washington County Animal Response Team Trailers and Equipment

Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) is a fully equipped response team. WaCART has two response trailers; a large animal response (LAR) and small animal response (SAR) trailer. The trailers are maintained at the North Strabane Township Fire Department on Washington Road.

LAR Trailer has all the necessary equipment to respond to a large animal (equine, cow, etc.) call, including two large animal rescue glide sets, strap sets and various rope hauling systems. The LAR Team has responded to 50 incidents involving large animals since 2009.

WaCART conducts trainings for CART members and first responders in horse rescue techniques. This is a horse lift demonstration.

SAR Trailer has all the necessary equipment to respond to a small animal shelter call. The trailer is fully stocked with all the necessary supplies to set-up an emergency shelter for small animals, including a generator, ID-tag equipment, litter boxes, food and water bowls, leashes and harnesses. The SAR Team has responded to 12 incidents involving companion animals since 2009. WaCART has access to housing crates at two locations throughout Washington County and can be mobilized to a shelter location that the Washington County Emergency Management Office designates. WaCART has crates for small, medium, and large animals (dogs and cats).

Fire extinguisher exercise at a Save Your Horse Seminar. WaCART has conducted 14 SYH seminars since 2009. SYH seminars are conducted for Washington County residents and residents in adjacent counties to teach horse owners basics in horse, trailer, and barn safety.

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