FCTRT Completes Construction of Search and Rescue Training Course

sarcourseWith the help of some very generous sponsors, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team has recently completed construction of their new Search and Rescue Training Course.  The Course, spread over a large area of dense and challenging terrain, will allow the Team’s members to continue to enhance and improve their skills at locating lost persons and lost objects in an extremely demanding environment.  In addition, the Course will allow the Team to continually train using the stringent standards and certification criteria required by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) for SARTECH I, II, and III.  The SARTECH Certification Criteria is formulated by NASAR and recognized by many states and agencies.


The Course will allow the Team to evaluate their member’s performance of SAR skills using multiple stations such as: their member’s ability to possess and pack the required SAR Ready Pack of equipment and supplies; by using the contents within the member’s SAR Ready Pack to establish a belay system between two points; by using the contents of the member’s SAR Ready Pack and tracking sticks to construct an improvised stretcher; by using topographic maps and a compass over challenging terrain commonly encountered in the mid-south; and so much more.  The training process, which is completed through both written tests and practical skills demonstrations, takes places both in the Team’s multi-media training classroom and on the new Course.  In addition, the Team places special emphasis on the NIMS Incident Command System; small unit leadership; fitness; safety; SAR ready pack preparedness; maps, symbology, and land navigation; search techniques and tactics; briefing and debriefing; hazardous terrain skills; and stress management.


“We are very pleased to have another training course and prop constructed at our headquarters and training facility in Rossville,” said Commander Kevin Snider. “We want to especially thank a few of our new sponsors for providing funding for this Course such as Ring Container Technologies, Leslie Shockey, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Ron Gant/Collierville Insurance Company, and Academy Sports,” said Snider.


The FCTRT is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.  It is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads in Fayette County.


The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is not a government entity and therefore does not receive any federal, state, county, or municipal government funding so that it can be available to respond anytime to virtually anywhere it may be called without any cost to the taxpayers. The volunteer Team is solely funded through the generosity of mid-south agencies and foundations; businesses and corporations; current and former elected officials; notable and community leaders; as well as residents from Fayette County and all across the mid-south. More importantly, all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law since the Team is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


If you are interested in supporting or making a donation to the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, checks can be sent to the Team’s headquarters and training facility located at 3565 Highway 57, Rossville, Tennessee 38066 or donations can be securely made online at the Team website using PayPal. For more information about the Team or if you are interested in joining the Team, please visit their website at www.technicalrescueteam.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt; or feel free to call them anytime for assistance at (901) 496-6800.