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 counties.
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-five (125) volunteers donating approximately 35,000-40,000 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 three (3) strategically located facilities in three quadrants of Knox County; north, east and west.
KVERS is trained and equipped to provide all essential emergency rescue services including Emergency Quick Response, Vehicle Extrication, Dive and Swift Water Rescue, Trench and Structural Building Collapse, Cave and Vertical Rescue, Search Rescue, Heavy Rescue, Technical Rescue and Support Services. All of these services require hundreds of hours of specialty training and certifications that must be continuously monitored and updated.