The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) offers DART training statewide to qualify individuals to assist in emergency or disaster situations. DART members can be qualified on two levels, either that of a Registered Volunteer or that of a Credentialed Responder. The DART training is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, extension personnel, animal control officers, animal owners, livestock producers, animal interest group members, and any volunteers with experience or an interest in assisting in the care of animals during an emergency.
Registered Volunteers should attend TDA Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) classroom training and sign the TN DART Code of Conduct. Having completed this level of TN DART training, Registered Volunteers are encouraged to further their training to the credentialed level by completing Incident Command System (ICS) courses 100, 200, 700 and 800. Completion of these courses is necessary to complete the current federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements for credentialing. However, should you choose to remain a Registered Volunteer you may serve as a member of your local DART.
Credentialed Responders are required, in addition to attending TDA Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) classroom training and signing the TN DART Code of Conduct, to complete IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b and submit the certificates of completion of these courses.The TEMP also recommends completion of IS-10, IS-11, IS-111 and IS-811. The following website is available for you to take the ICS courses online: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp. There is an examination at the end of the course and, upon completion of the exam, print the certificate and send a copy to:
Dr. Sara Clariday or Dr. Doug Balthaser
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Disaster Animal Response Coordinators
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Link to courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp
Continuing Education: In order to maintain interest and to increase the knowledge of emergency management, a series of modules have been developed by FEMA, the topics include: IS-10 & IS-11 Animals in Disasters, Module A & B, IS-111 Livestock in Disasters; IS-5 An Introduction to Hazardous Material & IS-22 Are You Ready. These are all encouraged but not required. Any credentialed person can take the modules.
For information about scheduled training or to schedule training in your area, please contact the State Veterinarian's office at (615) 837-5120,