After many days of arctic temperatures across the mid-south, the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team recently completing operational readiness exercises in ice rescue training using some of their unique and specialized rescue equipment such as mustang survivor suits.

“Although we typically train in cold water rescues a couple of times per year, it is a very rare occasion in the mid-south where we can complete full ice rescue training when lakes and ponds are completely frozen over,” said Commander Kevin Snider. “Having completed an ice rescue technician class several years ago in Manchester, New Hampshire, I can honestly say that the recent conditions in the mid-south were similar and provided a unique opportunity for our Team to get some additional hands-on experience,” remarked Snider.

The training consisted of providing Team members with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate and manage operations at ice rescue incidents, including scene assessment, resource identification, hazard recognition and the initiation of the rescue response plan, along with basic and advanced rescue techniques.

Since the Team’s inception in 2010, the Team has completed over 125 activations, deployments, and operational readiness exercises from Dyersburg, Tennessee to Byhalia, Mississippi and everywhere in between. The Team has literally spent thousands of volunteer hours in operations all across the mid-south during the past eight years.

For additional information about the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team and the accomplishments and benefits that they have provided to the mid-south since 2010 check out their website at or visit them on Facebook at In addition, if you are interested in supporting the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, you can make a secure on-line donation using any credit card via PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary as the non-profit Team is PayPal verified) through the Team website in which you will automatically be provided a receipt for your tax records. Alternatively, you can make a check donation by mail – made payable to “Fayette County TRT” – and send it to the Team headquarters at 3565 Highway 57, Rossville, TN 38066.