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Reno's Rescue Team
Helping animals, their owners and their communities
Disaster readiness education, response and training
C4LDRT's Reno was a hero with an induction into the Police Hall of Fame, three First Place winnings at the Police Athletics Games amongst other numerous awards and recognitions. Reno was a noble and proud K-9 and with good reason; Reno joined the Chasing4Life Disaster Response Team after serving as a police K-9 for HISD for a little over 8 years.
Following the passing of Reno on October 15, 2012, our leadership team decided to take a look at what we could do to create an appropriate memorial. Over and over we received letters, texts, emails and even FaceBook messages that mentioned Reno's "heart of a hero". It was this repeated statement that gave us the idea... to keep that heart beating.
In memory of "Reno", our goal is to become a recognized model for other animal response organizations as we establish a quality educational program campaign nationwide, a K9 Rehab Response Team, as we establish an enhanced animal rescue and response team that is highly trained in all aspects of disaster response enabling the team to become a "quick response" "first-in" team that can fill the critical gap between the actual event and the arrival of larger teams.
To maintain the integrity of the organization itself by committing only to what we can accomplish with a high standard of excellence.
To freely share information, expertise and resources with those entities and organizations that have faithfully responded in the arena of animal rescue for the years before us.
To not compete with other entities or organizations for finance or position but to rather fill the gaps, bolstering their efforts as a support.
To continually seek out new ways to serve the animal rescue and response community.
To build relationships through sponsoring partners so as to create an incredibly equipped team in order to care for not only animals but those involved in the rescue of those animals.
To developed recognized training programs and community education programs that will diminish the number of animals needing to be rescued in the aftermath of a disaster.
To serve the emergency management community as a resource unlike any other in the area of K9 rehab by responding to large searches and supplying rehab facilities for search K9's and their human partners.
To continually raise the standards within our organization regarding core competencies for our members.
To follow the philosophy of the Chasing4Life Disaster Response Team in regards to the use of volunteers to staff this team operating on the base belief that everyone has a gifting which can be developed into a valuable skill.
To create a team that is recognized as having the "Heart of a Hero" in memory of our passed comrade "Reno".
Our team is comprised solely of volunteers that come from all walks of life and have proven that they have the passion needed to join us in this endeavor. Volunteers are required to meet core competency over a period of time after joining the C4LDRT and are asked to participate in scheduled trainings as they can and as their own personal lives and schedules will allow. Volunteers are expected to complete an application, successfully complete basic online FEMA courses and (over a course of time) acquire their own personal gear to allow them to deploy.
This team is funded through the educational events, educational tours and training events offered by our instructors as well as through the generosity of partners and sponsors who in turn receive exposure and marketing opportunities throughout their partnership with the team.
Joanne Smith is the Operations Coordinator for Reno's Rescue Team and a Team Lead for the Chasing4Life Disaster Response Team. SEE MORE ABOUT JOANNE HERE .