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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: January 9, 2024

The State of Tennessee Rescue Squad Grant Application is now available beginning January 8, 2024 with a submission deadline of February 8, 2024 at 2:00 pm CST.

In 2022, Governor Bill Lee and the General Assembly approved the funding of this program for the purchase of lifesaving equipment by Tennessee rescue squads. The Program provides for three million dollars ($3,000,000) to be disbursed to applicant rescue squads across the three (3) Grand Divisions.

To apply, you will need to set up an account for your agency via the Department of Commerce and Insurance Grant Management Solution site. This year's applications will be submitted electronically via this site. "Category 1 Responses" are any call that your agency responds to within your primary response area and "Category 2 Responses" are any call your agency responds to as mutual aid.


There will be an informational webinar on January 16th for those who have questions regarding how to complete the application.

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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