FCTRT MEMBERS COMPLETE SWIFTWATER RESCUE 2 CLASS

Swiftwater Class PicSome members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a certified Swiftwater Rescue 2 Class in Chattanooga. The technician level class, is designed to prepare participants for offensive rescue situations involving floods and swift-moving water. Students gain classroom and hands-on experience in pre-planning and organization, personal safety equipment, swiftwater dynamics and hydrology, medical considerations in water rescues, self-rescue techniques, shore-based rescues, in-water contact rescues and the role of watercraft in swiftwater rescue.

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 is not a government entity and therefore does not receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that it can be available to respond anytime to virtually anywhere it may be called without any cost to the taxpayers. For the safety and security of the Team, other emergency response agencies that the Team works with, and the public at large – all of the Team members are covered by workers compensation insurance and the Team is also covered by general liability insurance through VFIS. The volunteer Team is solely funded through the generosity of mid-south agencies and foundations; businesses and corporations; current and former elected officials; notable and community leaders; as well as residents from Fayette County and all across the mid-south. More importantly, all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law since the Team is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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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.

 

 

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FCTRT HOLIDAY PARTY

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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