In October of 1956, due to a community tragedy, a call was made in the community asking folks to step forward and provide a Rescue Squad in Knox County. Immediately 10 men stepped forward and met in a garage on Rutledge Pike. During this meeting, a vision evolved. These men attended a Red Cross first aid course and through a generous $250 donation from the Jaycees of Knoxville, the Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad of Knoxville bought its first half-ton panel truck. Over the years, this vision has continued to grow thanks to hundreds of dedicated, professional volunteers and many great community leaders. Just as there was a need in the 1950’s, the need continues to grow as thousands of accidents occur throughout our community every year.
Although KVERS began with just a few community members meeting in a garage with a vision to help others, the agency has grown to over 140 passionate members with capabilities to respond to any emergency need. The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. stands ready to respond to the emergency needs of Knox County twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. On average, we respond to over 7 calls a day. Although the majority of these calls involve motor vehicle accidents, our agency maintains four specialty rescue teams in the areas of water/dive rescue, cave/vertical rescue, logistics, and heavy technical/search rescue.