"In your most critical hour...we are there."
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. is an all volunteer organization that was Chartered in the State of Tennessee in 1958. As the Knox County provider for vehicle extrication and specialty rescue, the Squad also provides mutual aid first responder service for medical emergencies, animal rescue, public assistance, public safety education, and first aid stand-by's for community events. Furthermore, the Squad maintains six (6) specialty teams in the areas of water/dive/swift water rescue; cave/vertical rescue; support services; search rescue, including K-9's; heavy/technical/confined space rescue; building collapse; and disaster medical services. KVERS is also the hosting agency for the State of Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force III. This Task Force consists of three to five technical rescue teams from 16 different counties in Homeland Security District 2.
The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad has 146 volunteer members that stand ready to respond to emergency needs in our community. With nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer service in 2010, KVERS members participate in training that far exceeds the minimum required by our state. Our responders have access to a cache of specialized equipment for immediate use and we work collaboratively with other agencies in our community. Each agency has a specific responsibility and is known for working together and sharing a vision of delivering emergency services and meeting the needs of our community.
The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad supports those in our area that are misfortunate. Whether you are a parent frantic because your child has drown, or a victim trapped in a motor vehicle accident; or a couple traveling by small aircraft that has crashed during a landing; or a construction worker who is covered with soil from a collapsed trench...The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. will provide trained, professional responders and equipment to mitigate these incidents and gain access to patients so they may be transported by ambulance or air transport to an appropriate hospital.
The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. depends on grants and private donations to operate and does not charge for services. We graciously thank our community friends and businesses that generously support us. This support helps us ensure our community that when needed, "We'll be there!"
The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. is responsible for the primary rescue services to the citizens of Knox County, Tennessee.
Established in 1958, the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad (KVERS) is a team of professional volunteers specially trained to provide essential emergency rescue services, as well as education and support, to the people of Knox and surrounding coun