The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently held their 7th Annual Holiday Party celebrating seven years of volunteer service to the mid-south. At that time, the annual Member of the Year Award was presented to Cliff Holland for his exceptional service during the past year.















FCTRT Adds New Water Rescue Truck








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.




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.