The Morristown Emergency and Rescue Squad Inc. was established in 1955 to serve the citizens of Morristown and Hamblen County.
The goal of the MERS is to provide assistance, render first aid, and care for all persons in distress, and to assist agencies in need with knowledgeable, trained emergency responders.
The rescue squad has 57 volunteers who go into action when an accident or disaster occurs. They are equipped to provide vehicle extrication, search and rescue, high angle rescue, dive rescue and recovery, confined space rescue and support for medical emergencies.
When a crash victim is trapped in a vehicle, the rescue squad uses its training to get that person out safely. A member of the squad will get in the vehicle with the victim and help talk them through the experience, explaining sounds and movements, to try and keep that person as calm and secure as possible.
The squad has two crash trucks, two pickups, a dive truck, a dive team, a disaster trailer and a tactical unit. They also have five boats.
The Morristown Rod and Gun Club formed the MERS with a donation of $2,000. The need for a rescue squad arose because of an increase in water-related accidents and deaths in the 50s after the popularity of area lakes increased.
Donations and benefits fund the non-profit squad. They began an inaugural motorcycle bike ride in 2012 to help raise funds.
There is a Junior Rescue Squad Explorer Post program available to boys and girls age 14 and up.
When a junior squad member reaches 18, he or she can then be voted into the squad as a member. The squad is located on Jackson Streetand shares a building with the Morristown-Hamblen Medical Services.
For more information call 423-586-1313.