by John Beasley
The Benton County Rescue Squad (BCRS) is pleased to announce David Tuck was re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS) at the 2022 TARS Annual Convention in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Tuck has been a member of the BCRS for 27 years, and has been active at the state level as a certified TARS training instructor. In addition to serving TARS and BCRS, Tuck has served as chief of the Eva-Rushings Creek Volunteer Fire Department since 2009.
After being re-elected, Tuck stated, “I am honored to serve a second term as president of TARS to continue to advance and grow our rescue training program for fire, rescue, and emergency medical service organizations across Tennessee through the TARS Rescue College program.”
Organized in 1955 and comprised of four geographic regions in Tennessee, TARS membership has grown from five rescue squads to 115 organizations representing over 5,000 individual members. The TARS mission is to cooperate in, foster, and conduct research designed to advance the science and art of rescue and first aid work, and to encourage the standardization of practice and equipment.
Founded in 1969, BCRS is a non-profit organization and a TARS member since 1970. Its personnel continually train to be able to respond to many types of accidents. In addition to vehicle extrication, BCRS provides other vital services to the residents of Benton County including farm rescue, water rescue and recovery, land searches, and trench rescue. BCRS is staffed by dedicated volunteers and relies on the community’s financial support to operate.