FCTRT Completes Construction of New Headquarters and Training Facility

The FCTRT is pleased to announce that their new headquarters and training facility has been fully constructed and is now operational.  The new facility is conveniently located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee and is the only dedicated technical rescue training facility in the mid-south area.

The new facility, set on two acres, is approximately 2300 square feet which is comprised of a large vehicle bay, office, kitchen area, and a state of the art multi-media training room.  In addition, the property will be used for training in the various technical rescue disciplines that the Team is capable and able to respond to.  The Team has plans to construct various training props in the rear fenced in portion of the property which will include a rope training tower, confined space training prop, in-ground trench rescue training prop, tower rescue training prop, structural collapse training prop, a vehicle extrication area, and more.

The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team was created in 2010 due to the rapidly expanding growth of the mid-south area; the overwhelming need for a specialized rescue squad capable of responding to unusual incidents; and the need for additional free resources during unusual or major incidents without additional cost to the local emergency response agencies or taxpayers.  The Team provides technical rescue assistance to mid-south emergency response agencies and provides applicable training and education to the Team’s members, other emergency responders, and to the public at large.  The purpose of the Team is to provide a nucleus of highly trained special rescue personnel to deal with the unusual types of situations that the Team is capable and prepared to respond to.

“Since our inception in 2010, our Team has been very blessed in the specialized technical rescue equipment and other resources that it has been able to acquire and currently has available to respond.  We currently have a response truck, two custom designed response cargo trailers, watercraft with full and color side scan sonar, highly specialized dive gear with complete underwater communications, and a tremendous amount of other specialized technical rescue equipment that is always available to assist local emergency response agencies without charge,” said Major Matthew Wilson.

The Team plans on having a formal ribbon cutting and open house in the near future once they are able to complete some minor grading and paving to the property after the spring weather clears.

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 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), 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.