Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Continue Dive Training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

Members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Dive Unit recently went underwater to continue their dive rescue training.  This time, the Dive Unit was training with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to practice techniques in underwater victim recovery at Herb Parsons Lake.

“Our Team’s dive unit regularly conducts Operational Readiness Exercises in an open water environment to improve both their effectiveness and skills,” said Captain Chris Bauer, the Team’s training officer.  “Training with the SCSO K-9 Unit is a huge benefit in that we get a chance to try different techniques before we work a scene together.  We want to catch mistakes here, and not make mistakes when we are trying to locate a victim or other object,” said Bauer.

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.