On May 15, 2023, Hawkins County Rescue Squad received notice from the State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Fire Prevention Division that our agency had been awarded a grant in the amount of $40,546.00 as part of the 2023 State of Tennessee Rescue Squad Grant Program. The funds awarded were to be used for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our members.
In June, our agency placed an order for twenty (20) completed sets of extrication gear which included: Fire-Dex TECGEN51 Rescue80 Jackets & Pants, Suspenders, Team Wendy SAR Backcountry Helmets (21), Fire-Dex Leather Boots, HexArmor EXT Rescue Gloves, and 5.11 Gear Bags. The equipment purchased came to a total of $40,648.00 with the $102.00 difference being paid from our general fund.
Due to supply demands and shortages, our agency did not receive all of the above items until late November. The items have since been issued out to twenty (20) of our members and have recently been used on many different incidents providing protection and safety for our members. Since October 2020, Hawkins County Rescue Squad has been able to outfit thirty-nine (39) of our members with state of the art PPE using funding from grants (October 2020 Firehouse Subs Grant $26,136.00 & May 2023 State of TN Grant $40,546.00) and our general fund.
Hawkins County Rescue Squad would like to say a special Thank You to Governor Bill Lee and the General Assembly for providing funding and supporting the State Rescue Squad Grant for agencies like ours to be able to purchase lifesaving equipment!
Information about the State of Tennessee Rescue Squad Grant:
The Rescue Squad Grant Program was funded by Governor Lee and the General Assembly in 2022 for the purchase of lifesaving equipment by Tennessee rescue squads. Grant proceeds may be utilized to purchase equipment used by rescue squads for incident response and protect the lives of squad members. The allocation of $2 million represents the first year of the program which will support rescue squads and the communities they protect. Applications received during the submission period will be scored internally and submitted to a seven-member committee who will oversee the award selection. The committee is composed of six members from the Tennessee Rescue Squad Association, and TDCI’s Assistant Commissioner of Fire Prevention.
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Are you looking for a place to start a career in Public Safety? If you answered yes to either question, Hawkins County Rescue Squad is your answer! We are currently accepting applications for Regular Members, Junior Members, and Crewettes. Hawkins County Rescue Squad has been serving the citizens of Hawkins County since 1958 and is committed to providing the best possible services to those we serve. Without the help of our members, our over 64 years of service to Hawkins County would have not been possible! With your help, we can provide another 64 years of service to Hawkins County!
Applications for Regular Members are open to both males and females ages 19 and above. Applications for Regular Members can be obtained by attending one of our meetings either on the 2ndor 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00 PM. Applications for Junior Members are open to both males and females ages 12 - 18th birthday. Applications for Junior Members can be obtained by attending one of the Junior Member Meetings either on the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month at 6:00 PM. Applications for Junior Members are also available on our website at the link provided below. All training, uniforms, and equipment are provided to both Regular Members and Junior Members. Applications for Crewettes can be obtained by attending their monthly meeting on the 2ndThursday of each month or by contacting Crewette President Rita Legg at 423-327-3772. All meetings are held at Hawkins County Rescue Squad located at 955 East McKinney Avenue in Rogersville.
For more information about Hawkins County Rescue Squad, please visit our Station on the 2nd or 4th Thursdays of each month from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Information is also available on our website as well.
February 2024 Junior Squad Meetings
February 8th at 6:00 PM
February 22nd at 6:00 PM
February 2024 Regular Meetings
February 8th at 7:00 PM
February 22nd at 7:00 PM
February 2024 Crewette Meeting
February 13th at 6:30 PM