FCTRT Completes Tennessee’s First Trench Rescue Training Prop

With a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has completed the installation of the first trench rescue training prop in the State of Tennessee.  The rescue prop is configured and designed to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows the Team to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.   


Trench rescue, although not a typical response for many fire departments, is extremely hazardous for responding personnel.  Trench collapses occur frequently during new construction when the ground opens up from an excavation and the ground has a high risk of caving in.  These collapses result in one of the highest causes of death in construction accidents throughout the United States.  Rescue teams must have extensive training and specialized equipment to effectively handle these types of incidents and the individuals that may become trapped in a trench collapse.


“Trench rescue or trench rescue assistance is one of the specialized responses that our all volunteer rescue squad is able to provide emergency response agencies in the mid-south area,” stated Commander Kevin Snider.  “Having Tennessee’s first trench rescue training prop allows our members to continue their extensive training in this very important module in a safe and controlled environment.  More importantly, we will be making this prop available for other local emergency response agencies to use in any of their training as well,” said Snider.


The trench rescue prop will be used when the Team hosts the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Basic Trench Rescue Class from September 18 through September 20, 2015 at its Team headquarters located at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee.


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 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.