Members of the FCTRT Dive Unit Complete Certified Dive Training in Arkansas

Several members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently completed certified dive rescue training in Bentonville, Arkansas.  The dive rescue training was conducted by Dive Rescue International which is one of the premiere dive training organizations in the world and is used by most of the prominent public safety diving agencies in the United States.

The extensive three days of training covered numerous topics such as public safety drowning accidents; selecting, training, and equipping dive teams; scene evaluation; dealing with family, media, and other agencies; search patterns; victim retrieval; vehicle accidents; accident scene evaluation; introduction to specialized equipment; and field exercises.

“Public safety diving is one of the most complex and dangerous deployments that our dive unit regularly completes,” said Dive Unit Leader Matt Wilson.  “Our dive unit places a great emphasis on safety and training and because of that we require all of our active dive unit members to not only be certified in open water diving and complete numerous hours of operational readiness exercises and skill check-offs but also require them to successfully complete the dive rescue class taught by Dive Rescue International,” said Wilson.

The Team’s dive unit has completed numerous dive deployments from Dyersburg to Tunica and also trains year around with several other emergency response agencies in the mid-south area.  In addition, the dive unit currently has over ten members who are also cross-trained in responding to other types of water emergencies.

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, visit them on Facebook, or call them anytime at (901) 496-6800.