With support from all across the political spectrum, the Tennessee General Assembly recently passed an amendment to Tennessee’s vehicle registration for volunteer first responders. Therefore, as of July 1, 2018, active volunteer firefighters and active volunteer rescue squad members will be exempt from payment of the regular registration fee at the time of their renewal of any license plate issued to the volunteer firefighter or volunteer rescue squad member.


“This new legislation clearly shows that our state representatives and state senators support the volunteer first responders all across the State of Tennessee,” said Commander Kevin Snider. “On behalf of our all- volunteer Team, we want to thank our local representatives – Rep. Ron Gant and Sen. Dolores Gresham – as well as the rest of the members of the Tennessee General Assembly for their support,” said Snider. “Our regional Team is the only Active Unit Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads located in Fayette County and this new law is a very nice and appreciative way of thanking the volunteer first responders all across the State of Tennessee for giving their time to help others,” said Snider.


The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team, located in Rossville, is a Regional Rescue Squad that provides volunteer services not only in Fayette County but all over West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas. The Team is the only private and sanctioned volunteer Rescue Squad in the mid-south that is solely dedicated to technical rescue and is comprised of experienced and highly skilled volunteers who donate their time not because they have something to gain but because this is something they believe in. As noted, the FCTRT is not a government entity and therefore does not receive any federal, state, county or municipal government funding. The Team is solely funded through the generosity of supporters, sponsors, and private grants and pays for all of its own expenses, including substantial general liability insurance for the Team and workers compensation for its Team Members, so that it can be available to respond anytime to virtually anywhere it may be needed without any cost to the taxpayers. More importantly, 100% of all contributions go directly to the non-profit Team and are tax-deductible as allowed by law since the Team is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


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 www.technicalrescueteam.com or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/fayettecountytrt. 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.