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Training the heroes of tomorrow.... TODAY

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: June 27, 2024

Convention Class Options, EMS Symposium,  and Conference Registration will be available and posted on or before July 15, 2024.

We are still diligently working on finalizing some of the details and schedules so that when the registration is open, you will be able to see the event options in its entirety.

If you wish to run for a State Officer position, Nominating Committee Chairman Kim Trammell has requested that all letters of intent and recommendation letters be emailed to the TARS State Office via the Executive Director no later than August 1, 2024.


Memorial Service Paperwork and Awards Documents are requested to be submitted to the TARS Awards Committee Chairman State Chaplain Weston Morgan by August 1, 2024.

Training News:

For a list of the most current classes scheduled, please click the link below:

The 2024 Training Calendar is a floating calendar and constantly in the works. We have had several requests for agency only courses and are still scheduling some classes that are in process.

As offered in prior years, we will continue to offer certain prerequisite courses online. 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 2024, please email with your course request.



Dependent on registration numbers, unsafe weather conditions, or potential host agency issues, all Rescue College classes are subject to postponement and/or 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

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