Fayette County Technical Rescue Team Completes Busy First Quarter

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team just completed an extremely busy first quarter of 2012.  In the first three months of this year – the Team completed 2 successful deployments, a free certified emergency vehicle operator course for a local fire department, the 3rd annual free CPR class at Nona’s Little Bits of Heaven in Oakland, the extensive SARTECH III wilderness search and rescue certification process for its new members, initial training for some new dive rescue gear, and each of the active members also completed over 100 individual hours of Operational Readiness Exercises and training.

“Usually, the first quarter of each year is fairly quiet and our Team concentrates on certified training and Operational Readiness Exercises for the coming year,” said Commander Kevin Snider.  “This year, with the addition of so many new members and equipment, we have had to work twice as hard,” said Snider.

Thanks to some generous donations by some of the Team’s sponsors, the Team was fortunate to be able to purchase a wireless communication system for the Dive Unit.  This state of the art system allows the members of the Dive Unit to simply talk to each other during underwater dive operations. 

“Having this type of technology allows our dive operations to not only be much more efficient but more importantly, makes our operations tremendously safer.  Diving in dark water is some of the most dangerous deployments that we do and the more technology you have at your disposal the better the operation will go,” said Dive Unit Leader Matt Wilson.  “We are in the process of training our Dive Unit members in this new gear and should have it in full operation by the end of June when many of our new divers will be returning from their certified Dive Rescue Class in Bentonville, Arkansas,” said Wilson.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad comprised of 46 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.