North Mississippi Firefighters Complete Vehicle Extrication Course Offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team

The Barton Volunteer Fire Department and five other north Mississippi Fire Departments recently completed a vehicle extrication course offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team.  In all, 32 firefighters from six different north Mississippi Fire Departments participated in the free course offered by the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s instructors.

The extrication class, which is certified through the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, was taught over four days and included both classroom instruction and extensive hands on training.  At the end of the class, the firefighters got the chance to test their newly learned skills through a series of real world scenarios which were specifically designed to emphasize the practical application of new techniques and improve upon the rescue skills they have already been taught.

“We wanted the class to better our knowledge in basic extrication and to get our newer guys familiar with the processes involved with gaining entry into a vehicle,” said Barton Fire Chief Buck Colver.  “I was very pleased with the course.  Now everybody on the Department has a basic knowledge of extrication to as where before we only had about 60% of the Department comfortable with it.  The FCTRT instructors were very organized and the class was well laid out.  They took the extra time to go over minor details so everybody could take as much away from the instruction as possible,” said Chief Colver.

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.