ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM
G.C.A.R.T.'S purpose and concern is for the welfare of all domestic animals in emergency situations. G.C.A.R.T. assists firefighters in the evacuation of large stock animals and smaller companion animals in the event of wild fire, toxic spill, or other natural or manmade disasters that may occur in Gilpin County.
Your filling out and submitting this survey form will assist G.C.A.R.T. in rescuing your animals during county emergencies if you are unavailable.
All information will remain confidential and be used only to assist rescue crews in the event of an emergency. Please click on the link below for details.
Please call Vicki at 303-582-5214 with questions.
Resident Rescue Survey Form
GCART Current Bylaws
GCART Proposed Bylaws Changes
POD Inventory. On Sunday, April 2, 2017, members will be meeting at the POD behind the exhibit building to list and mark the new inventory received with the orange color assigned to GCART. There are a lot of new items to be inventoried so please mark your calendars and come by the barn at 1:00 p.m. to help.
CART Training. Two classes will be held for Cart Shelter Training this spring. If you have not taken this course and wish to become a certified member of GCART, this is one of the courses required along with the ICS 100b and ICS 700a - both these classes are self taught using the FEMA website at https://training.fema.gov/is/ceus.asp . Once you pass these courses, please send a copy of your certificate to Vicki Nemec at firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be placed in your GCART file. Dates and locations for the CART classes will be posted as soon as they are known.
May 12 CART traning in WELD COUNTY. Click here for their flyer and sign-up information.
ESF-11 class was held March 25, 2017 at the Gilpin County Justice Center. The class had 11 participants from as far away as Pueblo and Pitkin County plus two from Gilpin County. A HUGE "Thank you" to Debrah Schnackenberg for teaching the class and her patience with all the questions thrown at her. Also a HUGE "Thank You" to Nancy Mulholland for her assitance in organizing the class and putting things right again after the class. A lot of material was covered fairly quickly, but a lot was taken away from the class that will only benefit GCART during the next emercency.
ALSO on March 25, 2017, another HUGE "Thank You' goes out to Larry Sterling and those who helped him round up sheet in a local neighborhood. Once found, the sheep were gathered up and sent back safely to the owner with the GCART volunteers more exhausted than the sheep!
The successful shelter set up in July proved GCART can do it! The Exhibit Building/Fairgrounds housed close to 150 animals during the Cold Springs Fire in Boulde the first part of July. The shelter was open for 10 days and housed just about everything including llamas, goats, cows, horses, ducks, geese and chickens as well as a few dogs and cats. Much was learned during the shelter and it was felt that the next time, GCART will be even better prepared to handle the emergency.
STATE TRAINING EXERCISE was a huge success. Five GCART members went to the exercise Saturday, May 21, 2016 staged at Chatfield High School beginning at 7:00 a.m. Involved were members of Jeffco Heat, the Animal Evacuation Team, Animal Control, Colorado State Patrol, Jefferson County Sheriff, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Foothills Animal Shelter and serveral other outside organizations observing and learning. More will be discussed about this exercise at the next GCART meeting on June 7, 2016. If you are interested in hearing how it went, please plan on attending.
The new GCART organization is working out well. Members only need to attend a meeting if they want to discuss what is on the agenda or become more knowledgable about GCART's inner workings. If you want to be included in the email group, please send a request to Vicki Nemec at email@example.com.