The Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad is a team of volunteers specially trained to provide essential emergency rescue services, as well as education and support, to the people of Knox County and the region around Knoxville, in eastern Tennessee.
For more than 50 years, the squad has been called into action for rescues of all types, on land and in the water. In 2014, the squad took delivery of a 24-foot rescue/dive boat built by Lake Assault Boats. The new boat gives the squad’s 140 volunteer members substantial new capabilities to perform its duties on the region’s waterways. The team purchased the boat with assistance from a federal safety grant.
The boat has an open T-top cabin that provides operators maximum maneuverability and clear sight lines during patrol, search and rescue missions. The substantial open freeboard fore of the cabin enables the crew to move easily and to haul and operate equipment in ample space. It also affords plenty of room for underway recovery operations.
On the water, the squad responds to calls of swimmers in distress, drownings, boating accidents, reports of vehicle or plane crashes in the water, swift water rescues during flooding, underwater recoveries and investigations and safety patrols for community events.
Members consist of divers, boat operators, medical responders, sonar operators, dive tenders, swift water technicians and operators of underwater robots and cameras.
24′ L x 9.5′ W
Twin 150hp Mercury Verado Outboards
2 Dive Doors