BART, Code 3 Associates Big Animal Rescue Truck, carries animal rescue and disaster response equipment and acts as the mobile command center for our Riders on the Storm.
BART was designed with one goal in mind: to support and expand the ability of any agency or organization to effectively accomplish its mission of disaster or emergency response. It was specifically engineered to provide added resources to a devastated area, not to further deplete them.
BART remains stocked and ready to roll normally within 24 hours of an official deployment request from the agency in charge. Our qualified drivers can have BART practically anywhere in the continental U.S. and set up to support the local rescue efforts in 48-72 hours or less.
Tractor and Trailer
The tractor is a 2009 White Western Star with a 515 horsepower engine, which pulls a 1996 Kentucky 53-foot converted moving van. The sleeper attached to the tractor is a Double Eagle custom sleeper. BART’s overall length is 82 feet, with a loaded weight of 78,000 pounds.
BART can comfortably accommodate 8 team members in a zero resource environment for up to a week before needing to re-supply. BART’s accommodations include sleeping bunks, toilet/shower, sink, microwave, refrigerator and air conditioning/heating system.
Equipment and Supplies
BART contains an extensive inventory of equipment and supplies when fully loaded including:
• 4×4 support truck (rides within the trailer)
• Two-horse trailer (rides within the trailer)
• Three boats and motors for various uses
• Personal rescue equipment used for wildland fires, water rescue, low-angle rope and ice rescues
• 40 cages and carriers for companion animals
• Humane animal traps and capture equipment
• Animal decontamination equipmrnt
• Large animal rescue glide system
• Items designed for safe search, rescue and care of all types of animal
• Additional support trucks and stock trailers may accompany BART
Water and Power
BART has a generator to supply power to both the tractor and trailer as well as the capacity to carry 400 gallons of fresh water at a time.
We are only able to keep BART rolling through the generosity of those who support us; we receive no governmental support even though we are routinely called upon by jurisdictions all over the continental US and Canada. There are no fees charged for the first week for our disaster response and we do not solicit donations while on site; we are supported primarily through tax deductible donations outside of the disaster area. Please help keep us rolling.