FCTRT Completes More Wilderness Search and Rescue Certified Training

From Moscow to Piperton, members of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team have been training very heavily in wilderness search and rescue for the past couple of months.  In addition, six new members have successfully passed their SARTech certification from the National Association of Search and Rescue.  Therefore, nearly every one of the Team’s Operations Members are now certified in wilderness search and rescue through NASAR, which is the premiere training agency for wilderness search and rescue.


NASAR, a Virginia based non-profit corporation was founded in 1972, with a focus on education in search management, the theory of search, search planning, and the management of search incidents. The company has gone on to expand its area of focus to include the promotion of the National Incident Management System, and to provide training programs to certify Search and Rescue Personnel in a number of field related areas, such as: search methods, operational concepts, tracking, and search scene management.  According to its mission statement, “The National Association for Search and Rescue is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. NASAR is comprised of thousands of paid and non-paid professionals interested in all aspects of search and rescue – the humanitarian cause of saving lives – throughout the United States and around the world.”


“One of the disciplines of response of our Team is obviously Search and Rescue.” said the Team’s Training officer, Captain Christopher Bauer. “Our training modules for S&R cover both wildland and urban environments, but due to the geographic terrain of southern Fayette County, we are training very heavily in wildland S&R to be able to respond in the very terrain challenging areas around the Wolf River.”  On top of our internal training and Operational Readiness Exercises, we are having some of our newer field personnel obtain their SARTech series certifications. We have committed to using NASAR’s standards as our basis for certification and operational policy to achieve the best possible result.”


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