JAK Animal Search and Rescue Training
In Antalya, the Gendarmerie Search and Rescue Team (JAK) Command provided animal search and rescue training to members and volunteers of the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) ).
JAK teams provided animal rescue training to AFAD volunteers at Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Zoo. Gendarmerie Master Sergeant Mahir Muhittin Akdemir was accompanied by the zoo director, Veterinarian in Charge Aygül Arsun, who explained every detail of how to approach an animal during events it may encounter in the wild, take it under control and take him to a safe place. .
Explaining approaches to reptiles, especially snakes, handling methods and transfer to a safe area in the event of a possible forest fire, natural disaster or entrapment, Akdemir introduced the volunteers to the “ Corn Snake” and completed the training. Among the volunteers who studied the Egyptian snake, known as a non-venomous and calm snake, those who encountered it for the first time overcame their fears.
The director of the zoo, the veterinarian Aygül Arsun, spoke about the physiological structures of the snakes, their physical activities and especially the reactions they can show in case of stress. Arsun drew attention to the importance of holding the snakes loosely by the sides of their head and the importance of supporting them from the middle of the body with the other hand. For this reason, we should not just hold the head and hurt the animal. They should be taken into the safety zone supported by the middle of their body. Prior to intervention, the type and characteristics of the snake should be known and addressed accordingly. Our snake, which helps us in today’s exercise, is a totally non-venomous species. But there are different types of poisonous snakes in nature. Therefore, it is very important to know how to approach, how to hold and how to transfer. We supported JAK teams as much as we could and tried to tell the truth to the volunteers.
Volunteers get to know the snakes up close
Burcu Yücel, an AFAD volunteer, said: “I have already encountered it in the wild. For the first time, I had the opportunity to examine this closely in the field of education.
Another volunteer, Mine Bayram Bilgiç, said: “Today we are in animal search and rescue training. We get to know all the animals and learn to intervene in nature. We have seen what to pay attention to when recovering. This is the first time I have come into contact with a snake. It’s a very different and exciting feeling.
Stating that she encountered a snake for the first time, volunteer Emel Güler said: “I was very afraid of reptiles, especially snakes. I’m so excited. My heart beats so fast. But here I conquered my fear,” he said.
They received training on how to transport a goat
The training on how to get a goat out of the rocky place where it was stuck, which was provided by the zoo management to help with the training, was also applied. Volunteers applied the techniques they had learned, while JAK teams demonstrated how to tie the goat for safe transport. The volunteers, who carefully followed the training, then visited the zoo and learned about the animals and their behavior.