According to the US Census, Knoxville is the third largest city in the state of Tennessee with 526 square miles making up Knox County. With 432,226 citizens living across 508 square miles of land and nearly 17 square miles of water, the need for specialized emergency service agencies and support services in relation to population and geography is vast.
In 2006, Mayor Mike Ragsdale designated The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad as the counties’ 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.