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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: January 27, 2021

Association News:

Due to the current situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the March Captain/Unit Director's Meeting is being planned as an online meeting at this time. The registration link for this meeting is listed on the EVENTS/MEETINGS tab listed above.


Stephen R. Carden Foundation Scholarship applications are available via the CARDEN SCHOLARSHIP tab listed above. The registration deadline is close of business March 1, 2021.

Training News:

The 2021 Training Calendar is in the works. Due to the COVID Pandemic, we are continuing to monitor the situation and at this time (at least for the first quarter of 2021) we will only be doing online courses or department only offerings. 

There are several new online offerings thus far. Instructor Methodology is being offered seperate from the Instructor I offerings for EVOC and Awareness/Operations Vehicle Rescue. Swift Water Rescue Awareness is also being offered independent of Swift Water Rescue I. Both courses are pre-requisite classes to enter the Instructor I disciplines or Swift Water Rescue I courses respectively.


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