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.

Rope Unit members are taught skills in equipment selection, inspection and maintenance, knots, anchors, patient packaging, mechanical advantage systems, belaying, raising and lowering systems, rappelling, knot passing through rappels, system safety factors, litter rigging and tending, pickoffs, and stretcher evacuations.

“Our rope training is designed to integrate cutting edge technology and rescue methods with a sound rescue approach to best ensure the safety of everyone involved”, said Commander Kevin Snider.  “This can be accomplished by both external training through outside certified training agencies as well as internal training and Operational Readiness Exercises to further develop and improve these skills,” said Snider.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team 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 and 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).  The Team is a private, non-profit, and sanctioned rescue squad that provides specialized emergency response to fire departments, police departments, and agencies requesting additional assistance without charge and is comprised of 31 volunteers from various emergency response agencies and departments.  If you are interested in joining, assisting, or just looking for more information about the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com or call them at (901) 496-6800.