Technical Rescue Group

volunteer practicing a water rescue

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has recently invested considerable time, training, and resources into getting NVADG personnel ready to rescue animals during floods and swiftwater disasters. This highly trained team has all of the required equipment, including: drysuits, helmets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). Thanks to IFAW, we now have two boats, two outboard motors, and two electric trolling motors. The team has extended its training into high angle, over the edge rope rescue, and Technical Animal Rescue with large animals. They routinely work with the Air Operations unit with their two helicopters. The team is trains with Butte County Search and Rescue, and is a part of the Butte Interagency Rescue Group. This team is ready to respond anywhere to rescue animals during a disaster.

Training Requirements

Annual Skills Review