Since its inception in August 2008, the Milton Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) unit has responded to numerous calls for help involving horses.
All Milton fire personnel have been trained to an industry-standard “awareness” level for emergency situations involving large animals. In addition, a number of firefighters have been trained at the “operations” level, which is the most comprehensive training available in large animal emergency rescue.
The response from the public to our TLAER team has been overwhelming. From the very beginning, this service has been funded by donations not only from Milton residents, but from citizens in neighboring jurisdictions, special interest groups and clubs. The money donated has purchased vital equipment needed to perform emergency rescues.
The most significant purchase made to date is Randy, a training horse mannequin, which allows us to safely train for virtually any scenario imaginable. Our most recent purchase, an A-frame, will allow us to safely lift an animal that cannot stand up or remove it from hazards like a sinkhole.
Although we continue to obtain this vital equipment, there can be no replacement for the valuable contributions made by several towing services and private citizens. They have provided a resource for lifting animals, using heavy equipment the city simply could not purchase.
Equally important to our service are the many veterinarians who have graciously agreed to respond to incidents and attend to the medical needs of the animals we are rescuing.
The Milton Fire-Rescue Department is proud to offer this service to its citizens, visitors, and neighboring jurisdictions, and we thank you for your continued support.
Battalion Chief Bill Bourn coordinates the TLAER Unit for the City of Milton. You can contact him at 678.242.2541 with any questions regarding the TLAER program.