ICE RESCUE TRAINING

After many days of arctic temperatures across the mid-south, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completing operational readiness exercises in ice rescue training using some of their unique and specialized rescue equipment such as mustang survivor suits.

“Although we typically train in cold water rescues a couple of times per year, it is a very rare occasion in the mid-south where we can complete full ice rescue training when lakes and ponds are completely frozen over,” said Commander Kevin Snider. “Having completed an ice rescue technician class several years ago in Manchester, New Hampshire, I can honestly say that the recent conditions in the mid-south were similar and provided a unique opportunity for our Team to get some additional hands-on experience,” remarked Snider.

The training consisted of providing Team members with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate and manage operations at ice rescue incidents, including scene assessment, resource identification, hazard recognition and the initiation of the rescue response plan, along with basic and advanced rescue techniques.

Since the Team’s inception in 2010, the Team has completed over 125 activations, deployments, and operational readiness exercises from Dyersburg, Tennessee to Byhalia, Mississippi and everywhere in between. The Team has literally spent thousands of volunteer hours in operations all across the mid-south during the past eight years.

For additional information about the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team and the accomplishments and benefits that they have provided to the mid-south since 2010 check out their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt. In addition, if you are interested in supporting the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, you can make a secure on-line donation using any credit card via PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary as the non-profit Team is PayPal verified) through the Team website in which you will automatically be provided a receipt for your tax records. Alternatively, you can make a check donation by mail – made payable to “Fayette County TRT” – and send it to the Team headquarters at 3565 Highway 57, Rossville, TN 38066.


FCTRT Completes 8th Year of Service to the Mid-South

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently held their Annual Holiday Party celebrating the completion of their eighth year of volunteer service to the mid-south. By way of background, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a Regional Rescue Squad that has been in existence since 2010 and provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas. Their Team is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in.

Since their inception in 2010, the Team has completed over 125 activations, deployments, and operational readiness exercises from Dyersburg, Tennessee to Byhalia, Mississippi and everywhere in between. The Team has literally spent thousands of volunteer hours in operations all across the mid-south during the past eight years.

At their Annual Holiday Party, the Team also announced their 2017 Member of the Year – Travis Skelton – who was awarded the prestigious award for outstanding service. The Team also announced the new sponsors and supporters from 2017 who will join over 600 other sponsors and supporters who have previously provided financial and other assistance to their volunteer Team that is entirely self-sufficient and self-funded through the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and private grants.

For additional information about the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team and the accomplishments and benefits that they have provided to the mid-south since 2010 check out their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt. In addition, if you are interested in supporting the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, you can make a secure on-line donation using any credit card via PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary as the non-profit Team is PayPal verified) through the Team website in which you will automatically be provided a receipt for your tax records. Alternatively, you can make a check donation by mail – made payable to “Fayette County TRT” – and send it to the Team headquarters at 3565 Highway 57, Rossville, TN 38066.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

aAs we near the end of the year, our Team is already planning for next year and we are seeking your consideration to support our all volunteer Rescue Squad which would make you eligible for a tax deduction as long as the donation is made by December 31.  By way of background, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a Regional Rescue Squad that has been in existence since 2010 and provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  Our Team is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in.

 

You can make a secure on-line donation using any credit card via PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary as our non-profit Team is PayPal verified) by clicking the SUPPORT US BUTTON above in which you will automatically be provided a receipt for your tax records.  Alternatively, you can make a check donation by mail – made payable to “Fayette County Technical Rescue Team or FCTRT” – and send it to our Team Headquarters at 3565 Highway 57, Rossville, Tennessee 38066.

 

Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you can support us before December 31 so you can obtain your tax deduction as our Team is a federally approved Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!


FAYETTE COUNTY TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM PARTICIPATES IN MULTI-AGENCY SAR EXERCISE

SAR Group PicThe Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently participated in a multi-agency Search and Rescue Exercise in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The Exercise, sponsored by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit, was a way for numerous mid-south emergency response agencies to train together and be better prepared for large scale events. Some of the participating agencies were the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police Department, several K-9 Units, and more.

The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas. It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads in Fayette County. For more information about the Team or if you are interested in joining the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt; or feel free to call them anytime for assistance at (901) 496-6800.

 

 


FCTRT Adds New Water Rescue Truck

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The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team continues to expand and grow and is pleased to announce the addition of a new Water Rescue Truck as well as adding Landers Auto Group as the Team’s Official Vehicle Sponsor.  The truck will be placed in service in the immediate future and will allow the Team to continue to enhance and improve their water rescue operations which includes swiftwater, floodwater, ice/coldwater, as well as dive rescue and recovery.

 “We are very thankful to have this truck donated to our Team by a fellow member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, namely the Morristown Rescue Squad,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “In addition, having Landers Auto Group provide our Team a very generous donation to become our Team’s official vehicle sponsor allowed us to completely update and retrofit the truck to our Team’s specifications for water rescue operations,” said Snider.  “It is truly an honor to have Landers Auto Group as a new sponsor in supporting our all volunteer Regional Rescue Squad,” said Snider.

 


OUR 2017 FUNDRAISING DRIVE HAS BEGUN!

donateAs we near the end of the year, our Team is already planning for next year and we are seeking your consideration to support our all volunteer Rescue Squad which would make you eligible for a tax deduction as long as the donation is made by December 31. By way of background, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a Regional Rescue Squad that has been in existence since 2010 and provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  Our Team is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in.

 

The mission of the Team is to bring together highly trained personnel with varying backgrounds (such as firefighters, police officers, military personnel, emergency medical providers, and the private sector) to have a diverse and cohesive Team of skilled personnel who employ the use of specialized equipment and technical rescue skills for emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call of our local emergency response agencies.  In fact, many of our volunteer Members are full time firefighters and emergency responders who are employed all over the mid-south region. The Team continually trains together to prepare for these unique and unusual events and is always available to supplement and provide additional assistance to mid-south emergency response agencies when we are requested.


FCTRT Completes Construction of Search and Rescue Training Course

sarcourseWith the help of some very generous sponsors, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has recently completed construction of their new Search and Rescue Training Course.  The Course, spread over a large area of dense and challenging terrain, will allow the Team’s members to continue to enhance and improve their skills at locating lost persons and lost objects in an extremely demanding environment.  In addition, the Course will allow the Team to continually train using the stringent standards and certification criteria required by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) for SARTECH I, II, and III.  The SARTECH Certification Criteria is formulated by NASAR and recognized by many states and agencies.

 

The Course will allow the Team to evaluate their member’s performance of SAR skills using multiple stations such as: their member’s ability to possess and pack the required SAR Ready Pack of equipment and supplies; by using the contents within the member’s SAR Ready Pack to establish a belay system between two points; by using the contents of the member’s SAR Ready Pack and tracking sticks to construct an improvised stretcher; by using topographic maps and a compass over challenging terrain commonly encountered in the mid-south; and so much more.  The training process, which is completed through both written tests and practical skills demonstrations, takes places both in the Team’s multi-media training classroom and on the new Course.  In addition, the Team places special emphasis on the NIMS Incident Command System; small unit leadership; fitness; safety; SAR ready pack preparedness; maps, symbology, and land navigation; search techniques and tactics; briefing and debriefing; hazardous terrain skills; and stress management.


FCTRT Receives Grant from The Grainger Foundation

fctrt-graingerThe Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently received a $5,000.00 grant from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation in support of the Team’s volunteer rescue squad services that it provides all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas. The donation was recommended by Adrienne Beaudoin, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Memphis location.

 

Pictured are Dienese Wilson, Aux. Member Coordinator of FCTRT, and Adrienne Beaudoin, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Memphis Location.

 

For more information about the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt; or feel free to call them anytime for assistance at (901) 496-6800.


EARN CASH FOR OUR TEAM EVERY TIME YOU USE YOUR KROGER PLUS CARD

KrogerCRThe Fayette County Technical Rescue Team participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program and earns cash each time you use your Kroger Plus Shoppers Card. We are seeking your assistance by registering your Kroger Plus Shoppers Card for our all volunteer Team.  Keep in mind that the program requires you to re-enroll each year.

If you currently don’t have a Kroger Plus Shoppers Card just pick one up at the customer service counter at any Kroger store.

If you already have a Kroger Plus Shoppers Card you MUST enroll and register your card online for our Team to receive the rewards by following these simple steps:


Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Receives Prestigious Honor from Governor Asa Hutchinson

FCTRT ProclamationOn August 19, 2016, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team received a very prestigious honor from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. In particular, the Team was recognized for their volunteer efforts all across the mid-south region by an American flag being flown in their honor over the Arkansas State Capitol.

 

The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads in Fayette County.


The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Urges You to Give Emergency Vehicles the Right-of-Way

AmbulanceEach day, emergency personnel respond to calls for help. Emergency personnel are required by state law to complete annual training on the proper way to respond to calls using their lights and siren, and you, as a citizen, can help make the emergency response of emergency vehicles safer, but first, a short quiz.

 


Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Receives PPE Donation from MCR Safety

MCRThe Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently received a very generous donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from MCR Safety. MCR Safety has over forty years of experience as a leader in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE) and globally manufactures and distributes safety gear which are made from the highest quality materials available to ensure maximum safety, comfort, and style.

 

“Our Team is very thankful to MCR Safety for the support of our all volunteer Team,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Safety for our Team members is paramount and with the support of local corporations like MCR Safety and many others, we are able to outfit our highly trained members with top-of-the line personal protective equipment to further help prevent injuries during our operations and trainings,” said Snider.

 

The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads in Fayette County.


FCTRT Celebrates Rescue Squad Week

2016 Rescue Squad Week ProclamationThe members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, in conjunction with the other 104 Rescue Squads that are members of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads across the State of Tennessee, are asking the residents of Fayette County to join them in celebrating Rescue Squad week which runs from May 15 through May 21.

The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas. It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in.

The headquarters and training facility for the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee. For more information about the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt; or feel free to call them anytime for assistance at (901) 496-6800.


FCTRT Completes Rope Rescue ORE

Rope1Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed extensive training and an Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) in Technical Rope Rescue at Herb Parsons State Park.  Prior to completing the ORE, the Team completed many additional hours of classroom and field training in Technical Rope Rescue skills according to the strict national standards required by the NFPA.  The skills learned in this ORE will help prepare the Team for emergencies involving low and high angle rescue.

 

“Our Team continually trains together to prepare for these unique and unusual events and is always available to supplement and provide additional assistance to mid-south emergency response agencies when we are requested,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “We want to give a special thanks to the rangers and staff at Herb Parsons State Park for allowing us to complete this training session,” said Commander Snider.

 

The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in. 


TARS State Officers Tour Headquarters

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently hosted a visit from all of the State Officers of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS).  TARS is the state organization of rescue squads which has about 115 rescue squads across the State of Tennessee and approximately 5000 members stretching through four regions from Bristol to Memphis.

“Our Team is a proud to be an Operations Member of TARS and we were thrilled to have all of the TARS State Officers take a tour of our new headquarters and training facility in Rossville,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Our Team is the only TARS sanctioned rescue squad in Fayette County and we work with the statewide organization on a regular basis for both trainings and deployments all across the mid-south area”, said Commander Snider.


Norfolk Southern Celebration in Rossville

Although our Team is prohibited from engaging in any political activities and is always neutral when it comes to politics and political elections, we did want to give a special thanks to our friends and neighbors at Norfolk Southern who invited our Command Staff to be a part of their facility’s celebration day with special guest V.P. Joe Biden at the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, Tennessee.

 



IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP WITH THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE

Our Team is fully funded through sponsors, donations, and grants as we do not receive or accept any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding.  As a Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation registered under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is dependent on donations and all donations to the Team are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  All of our members are volunteers who donate their time and hearts to something they believe in.

If you would like to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation as part of our annual fundraising drive, you can send a donation BY MAIL to:

FAYETTE COUNTY TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM
3565 Highway 57, Rossville, TN 38066

or securely donate to our Team ONLINE by clicking the “DONATE” or “SUPPORT US” tabs above.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you can help!

 


FCTRT is Finishing Six Years of Service to the Mid-South

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is in the process of completing six years of volunteer service to the mid-south with its annual fundraising drive.  The Team is a Special Operations Rescue Squad that provides services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas that is comprised entirely of experienced and highly trained volunteers.  Its mission is to employ the use of specialized equipment and technical rescue skills for emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call for the local emergency response agencies such as search and rescue incidents for lost persons, water rescue incidents, dive rescue and recovery incidents, animal rescue incidents, natural disaster incidents, trench rescue incidents, rope rescue incidents, and more.  FCTRT is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads located in FayetteCounty and is comprised of current and former emergency responders, former military and police personnel, and individuals from the private sector to bring a diverse and broad base of backgrounds and experiences into one cohesive unit.  These individuals volunteer their time not because they have something to gain but because they want to help others using their background, training, and experience to help the residents and local emergency responders in the mid-south.


FCTRT to Host Ribbon Cutting and Open House of New Headquarters

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, in conjunction with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, will host a Ribbon Cutting and Open House of their new headquarters and training facility on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.  The Team’s new headquarters is located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee – between the DeWitt Community Center and the Golden Jerusalem Church.

 

“We are inviting everyone to attend the ribbon cutting and open house to see what our Team is all about, the services that our Team provides to the mid-south, and to take a private tour of our facilities and training props,” stated Commander Kevin Snider.  “Our volunteer rescue squad headquarters and training facility is the only one of its type in the mid-south, and we are honored to be located in Rossville,” said Snider.


SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESCUE SQUAD IN OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE!

Dear Resident,

Now in existence for well over 5 years, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings in the entire mid-south area.  Our local Team is an all VOLUNTEER Special Operations Rescue Squadthat employs the use of specialized equipment and technical rescue skills for emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call for our local fire departments and other local emergency response agencies.  We respond, when requested by local emergency response agencies, to most of West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  Since our inception in 2010, we have completed dozens of activations, deployments, and operational readiness exercises from Dyersburg, Tennessee to Byhalia, Mississippi and everywhere in between.  In addition, we work regularly with local emergency response agencies such as the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department   K-9 Unit and provide our services all across the mid-south region.  Moreover, our Team believes in community outreach, community education, and assisting the citizens and local emergency response agencies in our area.  To that end, our Team is heavily involved in various free community outreach and first responder education programs such as free CPR classes, free emergency vehicle operator courses, free vehicle extrication classes, and more.


FCTRT HOSTS FIRST TARS TRENCH RESCUE CLASS IN FAYETTE COUNTY

From September 18 through September 20, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team hosted the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Trench Rescue Class.  The Class started Friday night and continued throughout the entire weekend with nearly two full days of “live trench rescue training.”

 

In addition, thanks to a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the students were able to use the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s trench rescue training prop located at the Team’s headquarters in Rossville, Tennessee.  The FCTRT’s trench rescue training prop, is the first trench rescue simulator in the State of Tennessee which allows the instructors and students to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows them to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.

 

The Class was taught by experienced and certified instructors with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads who traveled to Rossville from East Tennessee and brought together rescue squad members from the Knox County area; Benton County; Huntsville, Alabama; and Fayette County.  At the end of the very long weekend, nearly 20 students were certified in Trench Rescue Opertations.


FCTRT Completes Tennessee’s First Trench Rescue Training Prop

With a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has completed the installation of the first trench rescue training prop in the State of Tennessee.  The rescue prop is configured and designed to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows the Team to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.   

 

Trench rescue, although not a typical response for many fire departments, is extremely hazardous for responding personnel.  Trench collapses occur frequently during new construction when the ground opens up from an excavation and the ground has a high risk of caving in.  These collapses result in one of the highest causes of death in construction accidents throughout the United States.  Rescue teams must have extensive training and specialized equipment to effectively handle these types of incidents and the individuals that may become trapped in a trench collapse.


FCTRT TO HOST TARS TRENCH RESCUE CLASS

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team will host the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Basic Trench Rescue Class from September 18 through September 20, 2015 at its Team headquarters located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee.

 

The Class will be taught by certified instructors with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads who will be traveling to Rossville from East Tennessee.  The course is designed to impact knowledge and develop skills for local emergency responders in order to properly shore trenches and to effect a trench cave-in-rescue quickly with a minimum danger to those involved.  It will teach the students how to utilize equipment and resources already at their disposal as well as recognize the resources in their community that can be readily used in trench rescue situations.

 

The Basic Trench Rescue Class will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18 and last most of the day on Saturday and Sunday and will be 20 hours in length and provide 1 CEU for those who successfully complete the certified training.  The class is open to any local emergency responders but registration is limited and must be completed through the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads online at www.tnars.org/classes.asp.

 


Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Continue Dive Training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently went underwater to continue their dive rescue training.  This time, the Dive Unit was training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to practice techniques in underwater victim recovery.

 

“Our Team’s dive unit regularly conducts Operational Readiness Exercises in an open water environment to improve both their effectiveness and skills,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Training with the SCSO K-9 Unit is a huge benefit in that we get a chance to try different techniques before we work a scene together.  We want to catch mistakes here, and not make mistakes when we are trying to locate a victim or other object,” said Snider.

 


Celebrate Rescue Squad Week with our Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Team is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

With the recent opening of its new headquarters and training facility in Rossville, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is searching for a few good men and women to expand their Rescue Squad. 

“Our Team is currently looking to add about five to six additional Operations Members, two additional rescue divers for our Dive Unit, and one to two additional Auxiliary Members who may not be interested in the rigorous training schedule required for Operations Members,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “With the substantial additional space available to us in our new facility, this is a great time to continue the growth and expansion of our all volunteer Team,” commented Snider.


FCTRT Completes Construction of New Headquarters and Training Facility

The FCTRT is pleased to announce that their new headquarters and training facility has been fully constructed and is now operational.  The new facility is conveniently located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee and is the only dedicated technical rescue training facility in the mid-south area.

The new facility, set on two acres, is approximately 2300 square feet which is comprised of a large vehicle bay, office, kitchen area, and a state of the art multi-media training room.  In addition, the property will be used for training in the various technical rescue disciplines that the Team is capable and able to respond to.  The Team has plans to construct various training props in the rear fenced in portion of the property which will include a rope training tower, confined space training prop, in-ground trench rescue training prop, tower rescue training prop, structural collapse training prop, a vehicle extrication area, and more.


FCTRT IN THE NEWS

Media switches roles with PIOs

Matt Burks mburks@thedailycitizen.com | Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:50 pm

Public information officers from various emergency agencies met Wednesday morning at the White County Office of Emergency Management in Searcy for a media panel discussion. North Central Arkansas Amateur Radio Service PIO John Ord (from left), Sheridan Fire Department PIO Ben Hammond, and Lt. William Griffin, PIO of Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Inc. in Rossville, Tenn., were among the PIOs in attendance who asked questions and addressed issues concerning communication with media members.


FCTRT TO HOST TARS BASIC TRENCH CLASS

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team will be hosting a certified Basic Trench Class taught by the instructors of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads from September 18 through September 20 at our new headquarters in Rossville, Tennessee.  For more information or to sign up, please see the attached link to the TARS website:  http://www.tnars.org/classes.asp?action=3&id=56

 

 


2014 HOLIDAY PARTY


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats to our 2014 Member of the Year Mike Griffin!

 



FCTRT ADDS NEW PORTABLE TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has recently acquired and implemented a new portable Tactical Operations Center“the TOC” for use on scenes that they are deployed to all across the mid-south area.  The new TOC was purchased through private donations, corporate sponsorships, and private grants and will greatly assist the Team in their training and operations.

 

The TOC is a portable and climate controlled facility designed for managing the Team’s operations during any type of emergency scene that they may be called to.  It is where the FCTRT Command Staff makes decisions to allocate and coordinate resources; provides for incident communications coordination; and directs the overall response for the Team.  More importantly, it provides for the centralized locating of the five functional sections of the FCTRT Command Staff: Command; Operations; Planning; Logistics; and Finance.


FCTRT Completes More Wilderness Search and Rescue Certified Training

From Moscow to Piperton, members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team have been training very heavily in wilderness search and rescue for the past couple of months.  In addition, six new members have successfully passed their SARTech certification from the National Association of Search and Rescue.  Therefore, nearly every one of the Team’s Operations Members are now certified in wilderness search and rescue through NASAR, which is the premiere training agency for wilderness search and rescue.


FCTRT Introduces New Technology to Assist in Water Search and Recovery Operations

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently introduced and began operations with their newly purchased full color high definition side scan sonar for use in water search and recovery operations.  Prior to placing the side scan sonar in full operation, the Team completed extensive training from TeamWatters, Inc. that was founded by Dennis and Tammy Watters.  TeamWatters, located in Illinois, is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that specializes in training law enforcement and rescue teams all over the United States in the recovery of remains, vehicles, and other items.  In addition, TeamWatters is one of the premiere training authorities in the United States for the proper and most effective use of side image sonar and has worked with numerous agencies in our region including the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Mississippi Wildlife Department.



Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Completes Busy First Quarter

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team just completed an extremely busy first quarter of 2012.  In the first three months of this year – the Team completed 2 successful deployments, a free certified emergency vehicle operator course for a local fire department, the 3rd annual free CPR class at Nona’s Little Bits of Heaven in Oakland, the extensive SARTECH III wilderness search and rescue certification process for its new members, initial training for some new dive rescue gear, and each of the active members also completed over 100 individual hours of Operational Readiness Exercises and training.


Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Celebrates Second Successful Full Year of Service

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently celebrated the completion of their second full year of service at their annual holiday party.  Over two years ago, the Team was created to provide technical rescue capabilities to the citizens of Fayette County and surrounding areas at no additional cost to the taxpayers.  The FCTRT strives to deliver a specialized and professional response to any emergency it is called to and the Team is designed to supplement and assist local emergency responders in the discharge of their duties by providing technical rescue services in the pursuit of the protection of life and property.  The purpose of the Team is to provide a nucleus of highly trained special rescue personnel to deal with different types of situations that the Team is capable and prepared to respond to and who continually train for these types of unique and unusual situations.


The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Promotes Technical Rescue in North Mississippi

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team was once again invited to participate in Southaven Fire Department’s Annual Fire and Life Safety Day in Southaven, Mississippi.  The Team was able to interact with not only residents from across the mid-south area but also able to interact with the various emergency response agencies that participated and attended the event.

“Since our Team was founded over two years ago, we have completed numerous activations and deployments all across the mid-south area,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “During the past year, we have spent a tremendous amount of time in Mississippi at both deployments and training events that we provide free of charge to local emergency response agencies,” said Snider.


Over a Dozen Members of the FCTRT Complete a Farm and Industrial Machinery Rescue Training Class in Bolivar

Over a dozen members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently attended a three day Farm and Industrial Machinery Rescue Training class in Bolivar, Tennessee.  The class was taught by certified instructors from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and was designed to teach emergency responders how to properly manage situations involving machinery entanglements within various settings. 

“Tractors and machinery are involved in nearly 50% of farm deaths and disabling injuries”, said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Rural responders need to be proficient in managing incidents involving this type of equipment and the TARS class is one of the best around,” said Snider.


Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Continue Dive Training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently went underwater to continue their dive rescue training.  This time, the Dive Unit was training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to practice techniques in underwater victim recovery at Herb Parsons Lake.


Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Attend School Bus Extrication Class in East Tennessee

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team in conjunction with the Rossville Fire Department recently attend a certified school bus rescue and extrication class at the Greeneville Rescue Squad in east Tennessee.  The school bus rescue and extrication program sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads is designed to give emergency responders a well rounded education on school bus construction and types of buses.  Basic extrication procedures, intermediate procedures, and advanced rescue techniques are taught in a mix of field and classroom exercises covered during the three day program.


FCTRT Board Approves Formation of Dive Unit

Due to the tremendous amount of dive deployments as well as the unique nature of dive operations, the Board of Directors of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently approved a formal Dive Unit comprised of over ten members of the Team.  Each member of the Dive Unit will also be cross-trained in all other types of water rescue emergencies.  As part of the formation of this Unit, Sgt. Matt Wilson was promoted to Lieutenant and Dive Unit Leader and Member Lindsey Hambrick was promoted to Sergeant and Dive Unit Shore Operations Leader.


North Mississippi Firefighters Complete Vehicle Extrication Course Offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team

The Barton Volunteer Fire Department and five other north Mississippi Fire Departments recently completed a vehicle extrication course offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team.  In all, 32 firefighters from six different north Mississippi Fire Departments participated in the free course offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s instructors.


Members of the FCTRT Dive Unit Complete Certified Dive Training in Arkansas

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently completed certified dive rescue training in Bentonville, Arkansas.  The dive rescue training was conducted by Dive Rescue International which is one of the premiere dive training organizations in the world and is used by most of the prominent public safety diving agencies in the United States.

The extensive three days of training covered numerous topics such as public safety drowning accidents; selecting, training, and equipping dive teams; scene evaluation; dealing with family, media, and other agencies; search patterns; victim retrieval; vehicle accidents; accident scene evaluation; introduction to specialized equipment; and field exercises.


Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Celebrates Second Year of Community Outreach Programs

During a medical emergency while waiting for help to arrive, seconds can seem like minutes and minutes can seem like an eternity.  Most untrained bystanders feel helpless but have an overwhelming desire to help in some way – and that is where Operation Lifesaver is designed to help.

Operation Lifesaver is the title given to Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s Community Outreach Program which is always offered free of charge.  The Program is designed to teach and certify the general public and emergency first responders in the proper application of CPR, the use of an AED, and general first aid.  FCTRT’s Operation Lifesaver Program recently kicked off its second year of teaching free American Heart Association certified courses during a return visit to Nona’s Little Bits of Heaven daycare in Oakland, Tennessee.  This class was the first course that the FCTRT has offered under the new 2010 AHA guidelines and marks the start of a new year and expansion of the Program.  The Program was extended to now include AHA approved general and pediatric First Aid classes, bringing the total number of free courses offered by FCTRT to five.


FCTRT Members Complete Technical Large Animal Rescue Training in Kentucky

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently attended a Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAR) training class in Richmond, Kentucky.  The extensive four day course taught team members the most efficient techniques to save oversized animals in catastrophic situations.  Sponsored largely by USRider, the course was conducted on the campus at Eastern Kentucky University.

The class was taught by two of the most prominent instructors in the country, Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca M. Gimenez who have literally written the book on large animal rescue.  The approximate 40 hours of extensive hands on training taught techniques and procedures to assist large animals involved in transportation accidents and other emergencies.  In addition, the course covered HAZMAT decontamination of large animals, the use of sedatives and tranquilizers, chemical restraint, rescue ropes and knots, rescue from horse barn fires, mud rescue, helicopter rescue, water rescue, and numerous other situations.


FCTRT and RFD Complete Hospital Wing In Service Training

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team in conjunction with the Rossville Fire Department recently completed joint in service training with members of The Hospital Wing in Rossville, Tennessee.


Munford-Atoka Firefighters Complete Vehicle Extrication Course Offered by FCTRT

Today’s world is constantly changing.  So it comes as no surprise that the tools we use in our day to day lives are forever evolving as well. Our technology is progressing at a blinding rate in order to meet the needs set forth by today’s high tech society. Most, if not all of the new gear and gadgets on the consumer market are designed to make our lives easier, more organized, and most importantly, safer.


FCTRT Featured on WMC-TV Website

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team was recently featured on the website of WMC-TV (Channel 5).  For a link to the article, click here:

http://collierville.wmctv.com/news/business/volunteer-fire-rescue-team-seeking-donations/52626


FCTRT Participates in Collierville Safety Day

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team was recently invited by the Collierville Middle School PTA to participate in their annual Safety Day Event at Collierville High School.  Team members promoted safety issues and the importance of a local technical rescue squad while interacting with parents, students and local residents.  In addition, the Team highlighted their upcoming free CPR classes as part of the Team’s Community Education Series which will once again begin in early summer.


When the Weather Outside is Frightful the FCTRT Completes Cold Water and Ice Rescue Training

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently took advantage of the unusual cold and snowy weather in the mid-south area by completing several Operational Readiness Exercises in Cold Water and Ice Rescue.  Many members took turns pulling each other out of the frigid water and ice, training for cold water and ice rescues they hope will never be necessary.  When these extreme cold weather events happen, many ponds freeze over and children are out of school, and it is ripe for potential problems with people and animals getting near the cold water and/or walking on too-thin ice.


FCTRT Now on Firehouse.com

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has been approved and is now listed on Firehouse.com as an emergency services organization serving Fayette County, Tennessee and the midsouth area.  To check out the new listing on Firehouse.com go to:

 

RFD and FCTRT Complete Extrication Training

Over a dozen members of the Rossville Fire Department and the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a certified vehicle extrication class taught by FCTRT instructors who are certified to teach these invaluable skills by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.  The 32 hour class certified members in the various aspects of emergency vehicle extrication procedures such as: scene safety, rescuer access and patient removal, proper glass removal, vehicle stabilization techniques, car technology with special emphasis on hybrid vehicles, proper use of hydraulic and pneumatic tools, and various other extrication procedures and techniques that can be used to quickly remove a trapped occupant from a vehicle in an emergency.


FCTRT Now on Facebook

 

Thanks to the hard work of Sgt. Matt Wilson, the FCTRT is now on Facebook and will continue to operate this page in conjunction with the Team’s website.  For a direct link to the Facebook page go to:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fayette-County-Technical-Rescue-Team/142956262393699

Please be sure to add your name to “Like This”. 


FCTRT Unveils Extrication Support Vehicle

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently unveiled their extrication support vehicle.  The modified Ford F-350 is designed to not only pull the Team’s main equipment trailer, watercraft, and ATV’s but also to assist emergency responders at extrication incidents with supplemental supplies and materials specifically for vehicle extrication.  The vehicle is not only equipped with the new Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads minimum requirements for cribbing but also contains numerous other items including large cribbing for tractor trailer incidents, farm jacks, heavy duty ratchet straps, ground spikes, and other items.  The truck contains over 175 items to assist emergency responders at extrication incidents such as:


FCTRT Completes First Year of Service

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently celebrated the completion of their inaugural year of service at their first annual holiday party.  The Team was created to provide technical rescue capabilities to the citizens of our response area at no additional cost to the taxpayers and is designed to assist local emergency responders in the discharge of their duties by providing technical rescue services.   The purpose of the Team is to provide a nucleus of highly trained special rescue personnel to deal with different types of situations that the Team is capable and prepared to respond to and who continually train for these types of unique and unusual situations.

Technical rescue is the use of specialized rescue equipment and technical rescue skills for rescue and emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call for the local fire departments and emergency response agencies.  The FCTRT will literally spend hundreds of hours training for an emergency event that may only occur in its response area once every couple of years.



FCTRT Members Complete Operational Readiness Exercises in Confined Space Rescue

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed two days of Operational Readiness Exercises in Confined Space Rescue at the AOC confined space training facility in Piperton.  A confined space is any space that has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, is large enough for a person to enter to perform tasks, and is not designed or configured for continuous occupancy.  The FCTRT specifically trains for these types of unusual, unique and dangerous situations. 


FCTRT Continues Disaster Response Training

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is continuing its disaster response training.  The Team focuses their disaster response training on the initial and secondary response after a natural disaster has occurred.

“Unfortunately, we are in an area of the country where natural disasters can and do occur with great frequency.  Our Team continually trains in natural disaster response so that we can be fully prepared to assist other agencies in the event that we are needed or called upon to help,” said Commander Kevin Snider. 


FCTRT Members Continue Rope Rescue Training

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team continues its rope rescue training.  The Team focuses their rope rescue training on rope rescue fundamentals as well as low angle and high angle rescue techniques used in both rural and urban environments.  Ropes and specialized rope rescue equipment are invaluable tools for accessing victims and other items in difficult and unusual situations.

“Obviously our number one priority in rope rescue is the safety of our personnel and completing the rescue in a safe and efficient manner,” said Michael Gettings, a Rope Unit member.  “The training that we complete is intense and extremely hands-on which allows us to continually develop and improve our rope rescue skills”, said Gettings.


FCTRT Promotes Technical Rescue at Four Events

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a very long Saturday by being invited to and attending four separate events in a single day.  From Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Walls, Mississippi the Team divided into multiple squads to introduce themselves across the area.

The first squad attended the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS) annual convention in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  This squad was able to attend meetings, workshops, and interact with other rescue squads from across the State of Tennessee.

The second squad, in conjunction with the Rossville Fire Department, attended the Rossville Historic Commission Tour of Homes in Rossville, Tennessee.  This squad was able to interact with residents from across the mid-south area.

The third squad attended both the Fall Festival hosted by the Minor Memorial United Methodist Church in Walls, Mississippi and also Southaven Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Fire and Life Safety Day in Southaven, Mississippi.  This squad was able to interact with not only residents from across the mid-south area but also able to interact with the various emergency response agencies that attended both of these events.


FCTRT Completes Sonar Training

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team in conjunction with Search Dogs South recently completed sonar training from TeamWatters, Inc. that was founded by Dennis and Tammy Watters.  TeamWatters, located in Illinois, is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that specializes in assisting law enforcement and rescue teams in the recovery of remains, vehicles and other items.  In addition, TeamWatters is one of the premiere training authorities in the region for the proper use of side image sonar and has worked with numerous agencies in the southeastern United States including the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Mississippi Wildlife Department. 


FCTRT and RFD Members Team Up to Assist Rossville Historic Commission

Several members of the Rossville Fire Department and the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently teamed up to assist the Rossville Historic Commission in preparing for the upcoming Rossville Historic Commission Tour of Homes scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2010.


FCTRT Members Complete Advanced Trench Rescue Training in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed advanced trench rescue training in Chattanooga, Tennessee sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and in conjunction with the Hamilton County Rescue Squad.

Trench collapses are extremely dangerous and can often be deadly to both the workers who were in the trench when it collapsed and to the rescuers who respond to help.  Soil can weigh in excess of one hundred pounds per cubic foot and can have a devastating crushing effect on anything or anyone in its path.  In addition, many trenches can contain hazardous atmospheres and other hazards such as gas lines and utilities that can pose additional threats to rescuers.


FCTRT Continues Dive Rescue Training with “Black Out” Masks and Underwater Props

Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently went underwater to continue their dive rescue training.  The Team training includes both classroom and intensive hands on training for all of their dive personnel and support staff.  In addition, the Team regularly conducts Operational Readiness Exercises in an open water environment to improve both their effectiveness and skills.


FCTRT Hosts Free CPR Class for Faculty and Staff at Rossville Christian Academy

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a free accredited CPR class as part of their community education series for the faculty and staff at Rossville Christian Academy in Rossville, Tennessee.  The Team’s community education series has been a tremendous success and so far nearly 100 citizens as well as local emergency responders have been certified in the invaluable skill of CPR and other programs offered by the FCTRT.  Due to overwhelming demand, the FCTRT plans on having additional free CPR and other community classes in the future.  For more information about the FCTRT, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com


FCTRT Continues Trench Rescue Operational Readiness Exercises

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team continues trench rescue training and operational readiness exercises.  “With the increase in new construction and never ending maintenance of underground utilities, it is safe to assume that every day of the year there is an open trench or excavation within our area,” said Team Commander Kevin Snider.  “While trench rescues are not common, they do happen and that is why we repeatedly train in this discipline because trench rescue operations present a significant danger to all emergency personnel and involve complex requirements for shoring, hand tools, earth-moving equipment, and other specialized resources.”


FCTRT Instructs Emergency Vehicle Driver Training for Rossville Fire Department

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently instructed an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) as part of their community education series for the Rossville Fire Department and its emergency responders.  The EVOC course taught by certified FCTRT members is accredited by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and consists of both extensive classroom instruction and two “hands on” driving courses. 


FCTRT Begins Training with New Rescue Boat

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently began training with their new 16 foot jon boat which will be used in water and flood rescue situations as well as dive search and recovery operations.  “It is imperative for our Team to have various types of boats and watercraft available for the wide variety of water and dive incidents that we train for and are available to assist in,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “We now have several sizes and types of watercraft available to assist in the varying types of waterways that comprise west Tennessee.”


FCTRT Members Complete Structural Collapse Training

Living in the shadow of the New Madrid fault often provides us with the realization that when enough force is applied; even buildings can come crashing down.  The volatile weather that has struck our region in recent months also reminds us that buildings and homes can suffer catastrophic failures by other acts of nature as well.  Citizens in west Tennessee are now more than ever acutely aware of the dangers they face from structural collapses as the result of natural disasters.  But what happens after the dust has settled?  How are individuals unfortunate enough to have been caught in a collapse located and recovered?  How are partially collapsed homes and other buildings made safe enough for rescue efforts to be conducted?


FCTRT Completes 4th CPR Class

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a fourth accredited CPR class as part of their community education series for the Rossville Fire Department and citizens from the surrounding areas.  The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team provides specialized emergency response to fire departments and agencies requesting additional assistance without charge and is comprised of 31 volunteers from various emergency response agencies and departments.  For more information about the FCTRT, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com


FCTRT Completes Operational Readiness Exercises with Search Dogs South

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed joint training and operational readiness exercises with one of its affiliates, Search Dogs South.  “One of the disciplines of response for our Team is obviously Search and Rescue,” said the Team’s Training officer, Captain Christopher Bauer. “Our training modules for S&R cover both wildland and urban environments, but due to the geographic terrain of Fayette County and surrounding areas, we are training very heavily in wildland S&R and completing numerous operational readiness exercises in locating live “victims” in the various environmental terrains that our area offers.”

 


Recent FCTRT Deployment in the News

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Friday, April 16, 2010, Dyersburg State Gazette

“Divers with the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team prepare to call it a day after searching the Forked Deer River on Thursday.  The divers encountered problems with an underwater tree below them on their last dive of the day.  The same vicinity of the Forked Deer River has been the focus of volunteers’ efforts for the past two days in their search for Ronnie Cobb.”

The photo and caption are courtesy of the Dyersburg State Gazette.  For the full story on one of the FCTRT’s recent deployments see the link below.  The photo, caption, and story are copyrighted by the Dyersburg State Gazette and are being published, broadcast and/or redistributed with the express written permission of the Dyersburg State Gazette.

http://www.stategazette.com/story/1627080.html


FCTRT Becomes Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads

The FCTRT was recently approved and accepted as an Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and serves with over 100 other active unit rescue squads across the State of Tennessee with a total membership of approximately 4000 volunteers.  The FCTRT serves in Region IV which covers 25 counties in Western Tennessee.


FCTRT CPR Class Overwhelming Success

On March 16, 2010 and March 18, 2010, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team completed two free certified CPR classes at the Bank of Fayette County in Piperton, Tennessee.  Each class was completely full and 21 citizens as well as local emergency responders were certified in the invaluable skill of CPR.  Due to overwhelming demand, the FCTRT plans on having more free CPR classes in the future.


FCTRT Joins NASAR

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as an organizational member of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). “This is the first of many milestones on our Team’s long road to establishing ourselves as a rescue organization in Fayette County.” said Commander Kevin Snider. “The acceptance of the FCTRT into NASAR is going to provide us with a great number of resources and opportunities that were previously unavailable to us. Having access to a national based organization and network of search and rescue professionals, will allow us to tap into their broad base of experience and adapt our techniques using lessons others have already learned. Any input from our peers that permits us to provide a better service to those we are called on to help is always welcome, and I consider it to be an extremely valuable and priceless asset.”


FCTRT Adds New Member

 

Congratulations to Team members Chris & Shana Bauer on the newest addition to the FCTRT family – KAYLEE BAUER!


FCTRT Offers FREE CPR Class

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is sponsoring a FREE accredited CPR certification and recertification class on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 and Thursday, March 18, 2010 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Piperton branch of The Bank of Fayette County (located at the corner of Highway 57 and State Route 196).  The class is free, and open to the public and local emergency responders who need to obtain CPR certification and/or recertify in this invaluable skill.


Cutting edge technology in portable anchoring systems

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is proud to be the first emergency response agency in Tennessee to own and operate the new TerrAdaptor (as of January 2010). 


FCTRT uses Porta-Bote

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team uses the unique Porta-Bote to navigate the waterways of Fayette County and the surrounding communities. 


Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Begins Training

If you are driving around Fayette County on nearly any Saturday, don’t be surprised to see individuals wearing cold water immersion suits, scuba diving in local lakes and waterways, excavating and shoring trenches, wearing hazardous materials decontamination suits, or descending rope lines into steep terrain or off bridges and towers. These are members of the newly formed Fayette County Technical Rescue Team.