WHO WE ARE
The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. (KVERS) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization providing essential emergency rescue services to all of Knox County. Chartered by the State of Tennessee in 1958 “to render aid to persons in distress, administer first aid, and perform missions’ incident to the rescue of human beings who are in distress”, KVERS has exponentially expanded its services and expertise in emergency rescue to approximately one hundred twenty (120) volunteers donating over 40,000 hours annually.
KVERS meets the expansive emergency rescue needs of all citizens and visitors of Knox County and surrounding communities free of charge, twenty four hours a day (24), three hundred sixty five (365) days per year through four (4) strategically located facilities in the four quadrants of Knox County; north, south, east and west.
WHAT WE DO
We are a primary emergency response agency for motor vehicle accidents and entrapments, water rescue, search and rescue, small aircraft accidents, heavy rescue, technical rescue, trench and structural collapse, cave and vertical rescue, and large community event support.
KVERS members receive hundreds of hours of specialized training that far exceed state specifications in order to meet the emergency needs of Knox County citizens. This training along with highly specialized equipment, not provided by any other agency in our community, is necessary for our organization to respond to any and all emergencies that citizens of Knox County may experience.
Although we face many obstacles, KVERS continues to address fundraising efforts through community organization partnerships and grant applications, and plans to launch a public awareness campaign inclusive of the development of a website, community speaking engagements, news, social media, print and one on ones should funding afford us to do so.
This year, we entered 2013 with a budget shortfall of nearly $360,000 in operational and equipment/apparatus funding. Despite fundraising efforts and funding from Knox County and The City of Knoxville, United Way, and minimal private donations, KVERS struggles to maintain the level of expertise that this community has grown to expect. With a combined total of annual revenues of $353,562 in 2012, we are currently operating four (4) stations, training 140 members, servicing 432,000 citizens over 526 square miles.