Over a Dozen Members of the FCTRT Complete a Farm and Industrial Machinery Rescue Training Class in Bolivar

Over a dozen members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently attended a three day Farm and Industrial Machinery Rescue Training class in Bolivar, Tennessee.  The class was taught by certified instructors from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and was designed to teach emergency responders how to properly manage situations involving machinery entanglements within various settings. 

“Tractors and machinery are involved in nearly 50% of farm deaths and disabling injuries”, said Commander Kevin Snider.  “Rural responders need to be proficient in managing incidents involving this type of equipment and the TARS class is one of the best around,” said Snider.

In addition to the members of FCTRT in attendance, there were numerous members from other fire departments and rescue squads in west and middle Tennessee.  The class consisted of lectures and power point presentations to field exercises and real world scenarios to emphasize the principals taught in the class.

“Obviously this class is also applicable to non-rural emergency responders as well, stated Training Officer Chris Bauer.  “Our members learned how to anticipate and control various forms of ‘stored energy’ and develop rescue strategies from diverse types of machines.   Moreover, the training placed a major emphasis on teamwork to achieve the best possible care for the patient and also to preserve the property”, 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 www.technicalrescueteam.com, visit them on Facebook, or call them anytime at (901) 496-6800.