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.”

 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.  The Team is a Tennessee non-profit corporation registered under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for tax exempt status.  It is an Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and affiliated with the Rossville Fire Department, Search Dogs South, and the Kelsey Canine Medical Center.  The Team also holds memberships with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the International Association for Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS), and the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA).  For more information about the FCTRT, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com or contact Commander Kevin Snider at (901) 496-6800 or Major Brandon Bagwell at (901) 258-9068.