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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.

The Association works for better recognition of organized Rescue and First Aid activities through organizations, government officials, agencies, and departments, on community and state levels. Membership in T.A.R.S. gives each of us direct participation in promoting this greater understanding and recognition of the organized rescue and first aid movement.

What's New: December 21, 2020

Association News:

Effective today December 21, 2020, in accordance to Governor Lee's Executive Order #70 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the TARS State Office will be closed and all staff will be working from home. We will be coming in periodically to get the mail and take care of any major business items. We hope to return to the office on a full time basis on Tuesday January 19, 2021.

I have forwarded our main line (865-689-3256) during this time. I will be available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM EST except for December 24-25 and December 31-January 1. The fax line 865-688-7015 will remain as is and you can fax as needed.

  • If you have basic classes that you have entered and need to pay for with a credit card, please call the office and leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible or you can email Shannon at .

  • If you have questions regarding general association business, please email me at or Shannon at

  • If you have questions on Rescue College Classes or anything other than paying for classes, please contact Brian at

We appreciate your understanding during these difficult and trying times. We encourage you to be as safe as you possibly can.

Congratulations to this years

Sportsmans Raffle Winners

  1. The Sportsman Raffle winners are as follows:

  2. Grand Prize Polaris RZR and Trailer- Travis Bunch, Manchester, TN

  3. Craftsman 3000W Generator/Inverter - Jim Edmonds, Jefferson City, TN

  4. Craftsman 2200W Generator/Inverter - Katie Landrum, Jackson, TN

  5. Pit Boss Pellet Smoker -Paula Cox, Cordova, TN

  6. Pit Boss Pellet Smoker - S. J. Neal, Lynchburg, TN

  7. 60 Qt. Cabela’s Cooler - Jackie Brigance, Bath Springs, TN

  8. 40 Qt. Cabela’s Cooler - Gabrielle Holt, Greeneville, TN

  9. Rhino Gas Griddle - Vickie Thurman, Brentwood, TN

  10. $250 Bass Pro Gift Cards:

        Bucky Ayers, Greeneville, TN

        Donald Smith, Scott County, TN

        Kristen Delaware, Broadway, VA

        Wesley Burns, Dyersburg, TN

11. NEBRO 6000 Lumen Flashlight - Jared Johnson, McMinnville, TN



Training News:

The 2021 Training Calendar is in the works. Due to the COVID Pandemic, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will post classes as soon as they are available and it is safe to gather in larger groups. In the meantime, if your department is interested in hosting a College Level Course in 2021, please email with your course request.



Dependent on COVID-19 response, all Rescue College classes are subject to postponement and reschedule. All students will be advised via their registration email address at least 7-10 days prior to the start date of the class of any changes/cancellations.

B. Robinson

State Training Coordinator

Tel: 865.689.3256  

2906 Tazewell Pike, Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37918

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