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Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad

Our Mission:

Established in 1958, the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad (KVERS) is a team of professional volunteers specially trained to pro-vide essential emergency rescue services, as well as education and support, to the people of Knox and surrounding counties.”

Organization Overview:

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, ad-minister 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 emer-gency rescue to approximately one hundred twenty (120) volunteers donating, 24,000 hours in 2017. 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 the four quadrants of Knox County.

KVERS is trained and equipped to provide all essential emergency rescue services in-cluding 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.

We know that we are of tremendous value to the citizens of Knox County, because we are a present and necessary emergency response service within our community. There is currently no other emergency agency in Knox County that can provide the range and level of technical emergency services nor can provide the inventory of emergency equipment that KVERS has attained and is trained to operate (valued at over $3,000,000). Additionally, there is no other emergency response agency that provides services free of charge. We strongly believe that the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad serves its community in a vital capacity and should be a priority funding consideration.

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