The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Promotes Technical Rescue in North Mississippi

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team was once again invited to participate in Southaven Fire Department’s Annual Fire and Life Safety Day in Southaven, Mississippi.  The Team was able to interact with not only residents from across the mid-south area but also able to interact with the various emergency response agencies that participated and attended the event.

“Since our Team was founded over two years ago, we have completed numerous activations and deployments all across the mid-south area,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “During the past year, we have spent a tremendous amount of time in Mississippi at both deployments and training events that we provide free of charge to local emergency response agencies,” said Snider.

This was the third year of the Southaven Fire Department’s Annual Fire and Life Safety Day and the event continues to grow in both the emergency response agencies that participate and the number of citizens from all over the mid-south area who attend the event. 

“The Southaven Fire Department does a tremendous job in putting on this annual event and it is a great opportunity for residents from all over the mid-south area to obtain an overview of what these agencies do on a daily basis,” said FCTRT member Mac Cross.  “From the vehicle extrication scenario and live firefighting demonstrations to the hospital wing and fabulous food – this annual event is fun for the entire family,” said Cross.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad comprised of 45 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.