From September 18 through September 20, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team hosted the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad’s Trench Rescue Class.  The Class started Friday night and continued throughout the entire weekend with nearly two full days of “live trench rescue training.”


In addition, thanks to a grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the students were able to use the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team’s trench rescue training prop located at the Team’s headquarters in Rossville, Tennessee.  The FCTRT’s trench rescue training prop, is the first trench rescue simulator in the State of Tennessee which allows the instructors and students to simulate conditions that may exist when a trench rescue is needed and allows them to train in the various different types of trench rescue situations that they may encounter in a safe and controlled environment.


The Class was taught by experienced and certified instructors with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads who traveled to Rossville from East Tennessee and brought together rescue squad members from the Knox County area; Benton County; Huntsville, Alabama; and Fayette County.  At the end of the very long weekend, nearly 20 students were certified in Trench Rescue Opertations.


“We are very proud to have hosted the first TARS Trench Rescue Class in Fayette County and we look forward to hosting many more and different training sessions in the future,” stated Commander Kevin Snider.  “The FCTRT was formed in 2010 to provide additional resources to local emergency response agencies in these types of special operations without any additional cost to the taxpayers and this is just one additional step toward achieving this goal,” stated Snider.


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 headquartered at 3565 Highway 57 in Rossville, Tennessee; 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.  For more information about the Team, visit them on Facebook or www.technicalrescueteam.com.