Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Celebrates Second Year of Community Outreach Programs

During a medical emergency while waiting for help to arrive, seconds can seem like minutes and minutes can seem like an eternity.  Most untrained bystanders feel helpless but have an overwhelming desire to help in some way – and that is where Operation Lifesaver is designed to help.

Operation Lifesaver is the title given to Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s Community Outreach Program which is always offered free of charge.  The Program is designed to teach and certify the general public and emergency first responders in the proper application of CPR, the use of an AED, and general first aid.  FCTRT’s Operation Lifesaver Program recently kicked off its second year of teaching free American Heart Association certified courses during a return visit to Nona’s Little Bits of Heaven daycare in Oakland, Tennessee.  This class was the first course that the FCTRT has offered under the new 2010 AHA guidelines and marks the start of a new year and expansion of the Program.  The Program was extended to now include AHA approved general and pediatric First Aid classes, bringing the total number of free courses offered by FCTRT to five.

“Major Bagwell and his associates have been working with us for the past two years certifying our teachers in CPR and First Aid,” said Nona’s Little Bits of Heaven Director Ashley Cannon.  “They are very knowledgeable and patient while relaying information to our staff.  They are always open to questions and continue to explain procedures until everyone in class understands.  We appreciate the service the Team provides and we will continue to use their services in the future for our staff certifications,” said Cannon.

The Team’s Operation Lifesaver Program has been a tremendous success and so far over 150 citizens as well as local emergency responders have been certified in the invaluable skill of CPR and other programs offered by the FCTRT. 

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad comprised of 42 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 Facebook, or call them anytime at (901) 496-6800.