The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is an all VOLUNTEER technical rescue squad that employs the use of specialized equipment and technical rescue skills for emergency events that are “outside the norm” of a typical emergency call for our local fire departments and other local emergency response agencies. The mission of the FCTRT is to provide high quality technical rescue assistance to local emergency responders during emergencies utilizing the most appropriate resources available and to provide applicable training and education to the Team’s members; other local emergency responders; and to the public at large. The purpose of our local Team is to provide a nucleus of highly trained special rescue personnel to deal with the different types of situations that the Team is capable and prepared to respond to such as: advanced extrication rescue incidents, water rescue incidents, rope rescue incidents, trench rescue incidents, structural collapse rescue incidents, confined space rescue incidents, dive rescue and recovery incidents, search and rescue incidents, hazardous material incidents, transportation incidents, mass casualty and disaster incidents, animal rescue incidents, and any other major or unique incidents requiring specialized equipment and skills or additional personnel.
The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team is a private, non-profit and sanctioned rescue squad now comprised of 37 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 the Rossville Fire Department, 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 the new Facebook page, or call them at (901) 496-6800.