Command Profiles

 

Commander (Chief Executive Officer)

Commander Kevin Snider began his volunteer career in fire and emergency services in 1990 starting with the Tri-Community Fire Department in Collegedale, Tennessee and later served as a Battalion Chief for the City of Piperton Fire Department in Piperton, Tennessee, Team Leader of its Technical Rescue Team, and a senior member of the City of Piperton Emergency Management Agency.  Currently he serves on the Rossville Fire Department in Rossville, Tennessee and also serves as Commander of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team.  Mr. Snider has completed over 2000 hours of specialized training and/or received certifications in firefighting, emergency medical care (National Registry First Responder Level), incident command system and implementation, strategies and tactics for initial company operations, vehicle & machinery extrication, response to aircraft & airfield incidents, response to train and locomotive incidents, response to hazardous material incidents, radiological incident response, response to illicit drug labs & cyanide scenes, surface water rescue, flood rescue, swift water rescue, cold water & ice rescue, technical rope rescue & personal rope skills, tower rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, urban as well as wilderness search & rescue, natural disaster & mass casualty response, terrorism & weapons of mass destruction response, dive rescue & recovery, large and small animal rescue including membership in the Tennessee Disaster Animal Response Team, severe weather spotting including certification from Skywarn, and many other advanced firefighting and rescue seminars and techniques. In addition, he is a TARS certified instructor for vehicle extrication, EVOC, BBP, and VKF.  In 2011, he received FCTRT’s Distinquished Service Award for his work in an emergency swift water rescue that successfully rescued a local citizen.  Mr. Snider is the founding attorney of Snider & Horner, PLLC and a licensed attorney in the State of Tennessee, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

 

Major (Executive Officer)

Major Matthew Wilson is the Team’s new Executive Officer. Matthew started his  career in fire and emergency services at the Piperton Fire Department and a member of its technical rescue team.  Currently he serves on the Rossville Fire Department in Rossville, Tennessee. Major Wilson has been a scuba diver for over ten years and is currently the dive team leader for the teams dive unit and has hundreds of hours of specialized training and/or received certifications in firefighting, emergency medical care (National Registry Emergency Medical Responder level), incident command system and implementation, strategies and tactics for initial company operations, firefighter survival “get out alive”,  vehicle & machinery extrication, response to train and locomotive incidents, response to hazardous material incidents, radiological incident response, surface water rescue, flood rescue, swift water rescue, cold water rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, wilderness search & rescue, natural disaster & mass casualty response, terrorism & weapons of mass destruction response, dive rescue I & II, light salvage and recovery, open water diver, advanced open water diver, public safety diver survival, severe weather spotting including certification from Skywarn, and other advanced firefighting and rescue seminars and techniques.  Mjr. Wilson holds an Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College and is currently finishing a Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management at the University of Memphis.

 

Captain

Captain Mitchell Cross is the team’s highest ranking Captain on the team. Capt. Cross began his career in EMS in 2008 and 911 operations for Shelby County, including Bolton, Germantown, and Southeast unincorporated Shelby County, in 2009. Captain Cross was a member of the Piperton Fire Department and received training in fire suppression from the Tennessee State Fire Academy. Captain Cross is a Nationally Registered Paramedic with license in Tennessee and Mississippi. . Captain Cross is a charter member of F.C.T.R.T. In 2011 he was voted among his peers as member of the year. Captain Cross holds numerous training hours and certifications including but not limited to incident command system, firefighting, structural collapse, wilderness search and rescue, public safety diver, surface water rescue, vehicle extrication, farm rescue, ITLS, mass casualty incidents, trench rescue and rope. Currently Mr. Cross works for LeBohneur Children’s Hospital in the Emergency Department.

Captain

Capt. Dalton Ellenbecker is the Team’s newest Captain and has been a member of the Team for 3 years. Dalton started his career in emergency services in 2013 as an EMT-IV. Captain Ellenbecker is now an AEMT and works as a full time Firefighter for the City of Bartlett Fire Department. He is a TARS certified EVOC, BBC, and VKF instructor. Capt. Ellenbecker has certifications and training in structural firefighting, ARFF, extrication, search and rescue, hazmat, trench rescue, dive rescue, dive medicine, and the incident command system among many others. Captain Ellenbecker is also a public saefty diver on the F.C.T.R.T. Dive Team.

 

 

Captain

Captain Bill Hancock has been a resident of the mid-south for over 40 years and he has been heavily involved in the emergency services for over 20 years.  He previously served in the United States Navy, serving as a Hospital Corpsman attached to the United States Marine Corps.  In addition, he has been active in various emergency response organizations, most notably in the areas of fire service and emergency management. Lt. Hancock has extensive management and clinical experience in pulmonary medicine, in the medical industry, emergency medicine, and emergency medical preparedness which includes over 20 years as a clinical pediatric Respiratory Care Practitioner, 10 years as a pediatric flight therapist crew member (Pediflight), and over 20 years experience in the fire, EMS, and emergency management services. He served over 19 years on the Piperton Fire Department and over 8 years as the Deputy Director of the Piperton Emergency Management Agency.  He is a registered respiratory therapist by the National Board for Respiratory Care, is a perinatal/pediatric specialist by the National Board for Respiratory Care, is a registered nurse in the State of Tennessee, and an emergency medical technician.  In addition, he is a first responder instructor and holds voluminous certifications in the medical, hazardous materials, fire suppression, nuclear, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness fields. Lt. Hancock holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy, an Associate of Science as an Emergency Medical Technician, and is an active amateur radio operator holding an amateur extra class license.  Lt. Hancock is currently employed as a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and also works for a local emergency management agency.