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Thank you for visiting our site. This site is designed for visitors and Rescue personnel to learn about the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Inc.

The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads is an Association of Life Saving, Rescue, and First Aid Units with members organized, trained, and equipped for various types of rescue and first aid work. These members voluntarily give of their time and effort without compensation to the development of accident prevention and first aid procedures, the widespread education of the public in such procedures, and to the necessary rescue and first aid work for the relief of their fellow men.

The T.A.R.S. was organized on January 14, 1955, and is incorporated under the statutes of Tennessee as a voluntary non-profit organization. Learn more about TARS.

TARS State Office
2906 Tazewell Pike Suite 'B'
Knoxville, TN 37918

"And a certain Samaritan... going up to him bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him." Luke 10:33-34

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What's New as of 5/30/2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of several rope rescue training classes in addition to two SARTECH III classes for the year 2017. Visit the Rescue College Tab for more information!

There have been additional classes added for TIMS, TIMS Train the Trainer, and Chaplain Programs. They are listed under the Rescue College Tab.

The 2017 Training Schedule UpdateMore>>>

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Vehicle Rescue

Special Services consists of four teams with knowledge and specialized skills in a particular technical field. Some types of emergency response may require a combined effort of two or more teams. Some teams have been recognized nationally, featured in public trade magazines, have assisted with television documentaries, and developed training manuals used nationally.


Water Rescue

Members respond to drowning and boating accidents, reports of vehicle or plane crashes in the water, swift water rescue for flooding, assist law enforcement with evidence recovery and underwater investigation of crime scenes, assist citizens with items lost underwater, and rescue stand-by for large community events. Members consist of divers, boat operators, medical responders, sonar operators, dive tenders, swift water technicians, under water robot and camera operators.


Cave/Vertical Rescue

Members treat, package and remove injured persons from caves, cliffs, trees, towers, vertical shafts, large animal rescue, and assist with constructing raising and lowering devices using ropes for confined space and swift moving water rescue. Members consist of cavers, rope rescue technicians, and medical responders.


Heavy Rescue

Members respond to structural building collapse, trench collapse, farm accidents, persons trapped in confined spaces, machinery accidents, large highway transportation accidents, aircraft accidents, and natural disasters. Members consist of tractor-trailer drivers, heavy equipment operators, trench and confined space technicians, physicians and medical responders, structural engineers, K-9 capability for live scent and deceased. Team consists of off road vehicle operators, search technicians, and K-9 teams.