ATR Training

UF VETS offers a variety of training opportunities to better prepare first responders and animal owners for technical rescue emergencies. Our courses are approved by the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) and compliant with the 2017 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Search and Technical Rescue Incidents and the 2021 edition of the NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications.

To schedule a training for your organization, please contact Brandi Phillips: brandikphillips@ufl.edu  727-735-5109

Awareness Level Class

This is the foundation course for more advanced levels of our training program and suitable for first responders in fire, EMS, and law enforcement as well as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and pet, livestock, and exotic animal owners. Participants will get an overview of the need for animal technical rescue, resources to activate, how to assist rescue teams, scene safety in animal emergencies, and common techniques and tools used in operations level responses.

This course is available in a live format for up to 40 participants as a one day, 8-hour training. This version is recognized for 8 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Florida State Fire College.

8 HR Awareness Syllabus

Online Awareness Level Class

Register Now – Training Opens October 11th

The online version of the Awareness training is designed to be interactive, allowing people from all over to work through the material as part of a cohort. Participants will get an overview of the need for animal technical rescue, resources to activate, how to assist rescue teams, scene safety in animal emergencies, and common techniques and tools used in operations level responses. In addition to video lectures, participants will engage with one another through discussion posts and complete brief quizzes. A resource toolkit is provided on completion of training. Although the course should only take about 5 hours to complete, participants will have a 2-week window in which to complete the training. This version of our awareness course is recognized for 5 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Florida State Fire College.

Operations Level Class

Our 3-day, hands-on, intensive animal technical rescue training course covers small and large animal rescue equipment and techniques using scenario-based training. Originally developed to support animal technical rescue teams in Florida’s seven domestic security task force regions, this training is available to all agencies/organizations interested in preparing for animal technical rescue emergencies. Training is delivered on location based on the host agency and through open enrollment at venues including the Florida State Fire College.

This course has been approved by the Florida Department of Emergency Management and FEMA. The Florida State Fire College also awards 24 hours of Continuing Education credits for this training. Classes are capped at 20 participants to ensure safety and an intensive learning environment.

24HR Ops Syllabus

2021 Trainings

January 11-13, 2021 – Martin County – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored

February 10-12, 2021 – Bay County – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored

March 26-28, 2021 – Florida State Fire College – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored

April 23, 2021 – Florida State Fire College – Awareness Level – Florida SART Sponsored

May 24, 2021 – Florida State Fire College – Awareness Level – Florida SART Sponsored

June 4-6, 2021 – Florida State Fire College – Operations Level – Florida SART Sponsored

October 2-3, 2021 – UF College of Veterinary Medicine – Vet Student Operations Level – CVM Only

November 5-7, 2021 – Chipola College – Operations Level – Open Enrollment – CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Brandi K Phillips

Technical Rescue Branch Director
Phone: (727) 735-5109