RFD and FCTRT Complete Extrication Training

Over a dozen members of the Rossville Fire Department and the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completed a certified vehicle extrication class taught by FCTRT instructors who are certified to teach these invaluable skills by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.  The 32 hour class certified members in the various aspects of emergency vehicle extrication procedures such as: scene safety, rescuer access and patient removal, proper glass removal, vehicle stabilization techniques, car technology with special emphasis on hybrid vehicles, proper use of hydraulic and pneumatic tools, and various other extrication procedures and techniques that can be used to quickly remove a trapped occupant from a vehicle in an emergency.

“The Rossville Fire Department recently obtained a substantial amount of extrication equipment, airbags, rescue struts, and other items through grants that were successfully obtained by our fire department last year,” said Rossville Fire Chief Sammy DeVore.  “It is critically important for our members to be proficient in the operation and use of this new equipment and completing the TARS certified course is an important step in that direction,” said DeVore.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, as part of their community education series, teaches vehicle extrication to local emergency response agencies.  The Team’s certified TARS instructors work with local fire departments to allow the classes to be conveniently scheduled.  In addition, the FCTRT is always looking for individuals who wish to donate vehicles for the Team’s activities.  Since the FCTRT is a private, non-profit, and tax exempt organization, all vehicles donated to the Team are tax deductible as allowed by law and the Team will be happy to pick up a donated vehicle to be used in the Team’s training and drills.

“Having the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team as an additional and supplemental resource in Rossville has been very beneficial to not only the members of our fire department but also to the residents that our fire department serves,” said Rossville Fire Chief Sammy Devore.  “I, like several other local fire chiefs, was initially hesitant about the FCTRT and the services that their all volunteer rescue squad provides.  However, having seen the certified qualifications of their members, many of which are professionally employed as local emergency responders; the substantial amount of outside certified training and operational readiness exercises that their members complete on a nearly non-stop basis; and the positive feedback that has been received from their activations and deployments from all over the mid-south area; there is no question that this Team is something that every fire department in Fayette County should embrace and use,” remarked DeVore.  “As a result, nearly every member of the Rossville Fire Department has joined the FCTRT, including myself, which not only increases and expands the amount of training that our fire department can complete each year but the training through our FCTRT affiliation is completed without any additional cost to the City of Rossville and its taxpayers as the FCTRT is solely funded by donations, sponsorships, and private grants,” said DeVore.   

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad now comprised of 37 volunteers from various emergency response agencies and the private sector that is solely funded through sponsors, donations, and private grants.  The Team does not accept or receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that there is no cost for the all volunteer Team.  The FCTRT is an Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and has formed alliances with the Rossville Fire Department, Search Dogs South, and the Kelsey Canine Medical Center and holds active Team memberships with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the International Association for Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS), the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA), the National Association of Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams (NAVSAR), and the Mid-South Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Mid-South VOAD).  The Team is fully insured; available to respond in most of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas; and provides specialized emergency response to fire departments, police departments, and agencies requesting additional assistance or personnel without charge.  If you are interested in joining, assisting, donating, or just looking for more information about the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com, visit them on the new Facebook page, or call them at (901) 496-6800.