About

Who We Are

Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in Minnesota that trains first responders how to address animals encountered in emergency situations.  BART was established by Dr. Janet Olson in December of 2004 in response to the tragic loss of a pet in a house fire in New Brighton, Minnesota.   BART is run by volunteers and all of its trainers are in the veterinary profession.

What We Do

Operated by volunteers in the veterinary profession and supported by community donations, BART teaches first responders restraint and handing of pets, horses and livestock, as well as patient assessment/first aid and CPR for companion animals.  The departments undergoing training are eligible to purchase a medical kit that contains all of the materials and supplies covered in the course in which they were trained.

Mission Statement

BARTs mission is to empower first responders-firefighters, police, paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians- with the training, knowledge and equipment necessary to safely and effectively handle domestic animals encountered during emergency situations, in order to help preserve human health, safety and well being.

Departments We’ve Trained

We’ve trained over 5,000 first responders across the United States. The majority of personal trained are in Minnesota, however BART has also trained first responders in Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland.

How We’re Funded

Basic Animal Rescue Training is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved state-sponsored course that was designed to empower firefighters and other emergency personnel with the training, knowledge and equipment necessary to safely and effectively address the needs of animals encountered in emergency situations, in order to help preserve human health, safety and well-being. BART fulfills the requirements of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act enacted by Congress in 2006.

National Expansion

On March 3, 2008 the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved the curriculum for the Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) Small Animal Basic Life Support as a state-sponsored course. Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) approved the course for delivery in Minnesota in 2007 and assisted the BART organization with the course approval application process. DHS approval makes the BART class a national standard course for training first responders in safe pet handling and rescue on the scene of emergencies making BART and departments it trains eligible for federal funding.