Cannon County Rescue Squad
618 Lehman Street
Woodbury TN 37190
Mission Statement
 Our primary mission is to deliver Rescue Services to the citizens of Cannon County. The secondary mission of our organization is to provide disaster relief and support operations of our mutual partners in emergency services in Cannon, surrounding counties, and throughout the great State of Tennessee.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Underhill
Board Chair Dr. Michael Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $87,720.00
Projected Annual Revenue $87,720.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission  Our primary mission is to deliver Rescue Services to the citizens of Cannon County. The secondary mission of our organization is to provide disaster relief and support operations of our mutual partners in emergency services in Cannon, surrounding counties, and throughout the great State of Tennessee.
Background
The Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. was founded in May 1978 and is comprised completely of community volunteers.  Since 1978, our Squad has been the only organization providing Rescue Services to all of Cannon County.  The Rescue Squad also responds to the cities of Woodbury and Auburntown.  We respond to our contiguous Counties when requested. 
 
The Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. started with little more than a vision to provide Rescue Services to the citizens of Cannon County.  The first home for the Squad was in the basement of a building on Lester Street in Woodbury. In the early years, the Squad held meetings at what is now the R.E.A.C.H. Center.  The very first emergency response vehicle was an old, worn-out station wagon.  Later the Squad acquired a pick-up truck which had a utility bed attached.  The members converted it to a Rescue Response Vehicle also known as a Crash Truck.  In 1983, the Rescue Squad and the Cannon County Fire Department together moved and worked out of a building in the Mooretown Community.  This building today is known as the Mooretown Fire Department.  In 1994, the Rescue Squad headquarters was moved to the city of Woodbury.  We have been housed in the former EMS station at the fairgrounds ever since.  Since 1992, the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. has sustained a volunteer membership base of a least twenty members.  These men and women live throughout the county.  Each member is notified of an emergency by the E911 dispatch center.  Some members respond to emergency scenes in their personal vehicles, while others are responding with the Extrication (Crash) Truck. 
 
 
Impact Our Vision is to provide coordinated multi-agency teamwork and response to the citizens of Cannon County and the residents of the State of Tennessee.  Our primary response area encompasses all of Cannon County, which is an area of 266 square miles with an estimated population of nearly 14,000 (figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 estimation).  Each year we respond to all requests for help not only within Cannon County, but we respond outside of our county as well. Our secondary response area, which includes the contiguous counties of Rutherford, Wilson, DeKalb, Warren and Coffee, has a collective land mass of approximately 2,972 square miles. This area also has an approximate population of 505,377 (figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 estimation). Our Squad is an Active Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads; and through interoperability agreements, we are requested to respond throughout counties in the Upper Cumberland and Middle Tennessee Region, as well as other areas of the State. We respond to these requests to aid our neighboring departments during natural or man-made disasters, to assist with search and rescue efforts, or to assist with overwhelming call volumes.
Needs
The top pressing needs for our organization is to expand our services and strength our resources through diversity in training and rescue equipment acquisition.  Maintaining a high level of readiness to respond during times of disasters to local, regional and state wide emergencies is an on going goal of our department. Below is a list of current equipment needs.
 
1. Replace/upgrade emergency radio communications
2. Replace/upgrade rescue equipment (i.e. Jaws-of-Life)
3. Construct a remote station
 
 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are many ways to donate to the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc., and support our life-saving work. We accept public and private donations via U.S. Mail or you can donate on our website at www.CannonCountyRescue.com

We accept in-kind donations of materials, items, and/or labor. We are always in need of volunteers willing to donate their time to help save lives as responders. However, we are able to utilize volunteer for non-emergency work as well. 

If you are interested in helping to support our mission of saving lives, there is room for you. If you are interesting in financially support our work, please contact us.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Disaster Preparedness and Relief Service
Secondary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Search & Rescue Squads
Tertiary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief NEC
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cannon
TN - Coffee
TN - Dekalb
TN - Rutherford
TN - Warren
TN - Wilson
Cannon and surrounding counties.
Board Chair Statement
The Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. is a Tennessee State Chartered, non-profit, emergency service organization. The Squad is recognized as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Our goal is to save lives.  Since 1978 our Squad has been the only organization providing Rescue Services to all of Cannon County.
 
The Rescue Squad was founded in May 1978 and is comprised completely of community volunteers. Since its inception, the Squad has been the leader of Rescue Services in Cannon County. We play a vital role in the region’s overall emergency response network. Our Squad responds to emergencies not only within Cannon County, but we also respond throughout the Middle Tennessee area when requested.
 
Our dedicated volunteer emergency responders are on-call 24hrs a day, 7 day a week, 365 days a year. Our responders are compelled to provide emergency care and community support. They provide rescue services during local emergencies, man-made or natural disasters, or when a coordinated regional response is required. Our responders spend a tremendous amount of time training in emergency care and rescue. This training benefits the entire community and region. A well trained team that is adequately funded and equipped can make a difference. Strategic planning for our organization and our region will allow us to continue to service well into the future.
CEO Statement
Our County is a contiguous County to Rutherford County TN, which has been one of the fastest growing Counties in the State of Tennessee. Twenty four percent of the growth of our County has happened from the years of 1990 to 2010.
 
Schools and other critical infrastructure such as water and roads, are absorbing what little bit of tax dollars that are available in our community. Unfortunately, the Rescue Squad is one of the last organizations to be considered when it comes to funding. Only a small portion of our operation revenue comes from taxes. Most of our revenue comes from fundraising and donations. We feel that we do a good job given the constant budget limitations we face from year to year. Our citizens cannot afford more taxes; yet our costs to operate are soaring astronomically.
 
A long-range plan by which the organization strategically thinks about its vision and direction for the future has been adopted. Our strategic plan will help to unify our Executive Officers, volunteer responders, donors, local government and the general public. The future for the Cannon County Rescue Squad is one that is strong. People are what make an organization. Our membership base continues to grow. Community support for our efforts continues to grow. Our mutually supporting partnership with other emergency service agencies continues to grow. Whenever and wherever someone is in need of our services we hope to always have the ability to respond.
 
Programs
Description
Project SAR is designed to enhance the services of our rural area search and rescue programs.  Our Rescue Squad has a critical need to enhance our wilderness search and rescue, and disaster preparedness efforts.  Each year more and more people are traveling to Cannon County for recreational activities such as horseback riding, rappelling, and rock climbing.  This means that we are responding to an ever increasing number of search/rescue missions and mountain rescue emergencies.  With an increase in road traffic and outdoor recreation activities, unfortunately our call volumes (i.e. emergency responses) has increased.
 
We also have a critical need to acquire a Rescue Boat.  We need to add more training for responders and add water rescue equipment to our services.  We are the weak link for the region's overall response to water emergencies and recovery.  Many of our mutual aid partners have these type of Rescue Boats.  These boats are designed to work together in teams during a single operation. 
Budget $125,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
In the short-term, we have made great advancements in equipment procurement in since 2008.  We have added a secondary response vehicle, a search and rescue mobile command trailer, and a Polaris Ranger to our fleet of Rescue Vehicles.  This has enhanced our programs and has equaled in lives saved.  
 
The last portion of this project is to acquire a water rescue boat and equipment.
Long term Success The long-term success of this program will be to add rescue equipment and training to an organization already responsible to mitigation and response.  We are the responsible organization for these activities in Cannon County; however, we are limited in equipment funding.
Program Success Monitored By

Measuring and collecting data on outcome performance is often challenging given the greater anticipated benefit to the public.  This project is best described as evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.  Most of the projected benefits of this program are derived from continuous improvement in emergency response capabilities rather than from performance initiatives.

Performance measures and data collection is therefore difficult to predict given that lives are saved with equipment and volunteer responders.  However, the American College of Surgeons has concluded that a well-equipped EMS and rescue system, adequate training of responders, rapid response, and quick field treatment and transportation of trauma victims to a Level One Trauma Center within 60 minutes (Golden Hour) following a traumatic event, has proven to decrease death and disability in all areas of the population, but especially in the rural environment.  

Examples of Program Success Due largely in part to HIPPA Laws, information about trauma victims cannot be shared in a public format.
Description
Our Squad has a critical need to acquire additional rescue emergency equipment such as the Jaw-of-Life equipment. This specific equipment will be a welcomed addition to the organization’s existing equipment, and will be utilized to augment the existing equipment that is owned and operated by this organization.
Extrication equipment will be utilized to respond to natural and man-made disasters both of terror and non-terror related events. Additional Extrication/Rescue equipment will only serve to strengthen the organization as a whole. With the addition of rescue equipment it will allow the organization to prepare to handle major events now and in the future. This equipment will also allow the organization to operate more effectively, and it will certainty decrease the amount of death and disability which maybe suffered by the citizens we protect.
Budget $20,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Preparedness
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
In 2013, we were able to update some of our rescue tools.  Through local and federal funding, we were able to purchase new Jaws-of-Life equipment on one of our two response vehicles.  In 2014, we were able to once again update some of our existing hydraulic tools.
The next generation of rescue tools are now on the market and are battery powered.  Battery powered tools saves time in start up of operations which is equal to time saved and ultimately lives saved.
Long term Success Long-term success of our vehicle extrication program is based upon our ability to update and upgrade rescue equipment to meet the demands of new vehicle technology and safety.
Program Success Monitored By Measuring collecting data on outcome performance is often challenging given the greater anticipated benefit to the public.  Most of the projected benefits of this program are derived from continuous improvement in emergency response capabilities rather than from performance initiatives.
Examples of Program Success Due largely in part to HIPPA Laws, information about trauma victims cannot be shared in a public format.
Description

Our Squad has a critical need to acquire additional space to house our ever expanding fleet of rescue equipment and vehicles. We are forced to park equipment outside, which causes damage to the equipment over time. Currently our only station is located in the County Seat of Woodbury. Having a sub-station would allow our Squad to strategically locate emergency rescue equipment throughout our County. This would allow our Squad to respond more efficiently within our own County, and it would allow us to respond quicker to our neighboring communities.

Also, by sub-stationing rescue equipment in the communities, it would allow us to separate our equipment and not run the risk of complete destruction of all of our equipment during a natural disaster such as a tornado or fire at our primary building. 
Budget $350,000
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success We will be able to be closer to more than 50% of our response areas.
Long term Success Long term success of this project will add a building for further expansion of services and equipment.  This building will allow us to decrease response time to treatment.  Reduced response times will save lives by getting the right personnel and equipment to our patients faster and with greater safety.
CEO Comments “Julian S. Wise of Roanoke, VA is known and honored as the "Father of Rescue Squads." It all goes back to 1928 when he had witnessed a number of emergencies, particularly the drowning of a small boy in the Roanoke River. In discussing the situation with his wife, he found more than encouragement. In fact, he credits her with the idea which has grown to international proportions since he organized the famed Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew (the first in the world) in May 1928. He helped organize many of the first squads in Tennessee.” (www.tnars.org) The Executive Officers and volunteer Responders of the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. are very proud to have served the citizens of Cannon County and Middle Tennessee since 1978. We will be serving our community for many years to come by planning for the future. As the Unit Director/Chief Operating Officer, I would like to thank the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for helping us to become better organized and to acquire funding to further our life saving work. I would also like to thank each donor for taking the time to consider our organization as a prospective funding opportunity. Thank you for helping us to help others. For more information on our airganization, please visit our website at www.CannonCountyRescue.com
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Michael Thomas
Company Affiliation Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email atmt714@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. James Adkins Retired Healthcare CEOVoting
Mr. Tim Bell CCRS Chief Operating OfficerExofficio
Mrs. Lou Nave FACCT Non-Profit Exectuive DirectorVoting
Mrs. Tabitha Smith Private Practice Nurse PractitionerVoting
Mr. Steven Smith Cannon County School SystemVoting
Dr. Michael Thomas Emergency Department PhysicianVoting
Mr. Michael Underhill CCRS President/Chief Executive OfficerExofficio
Mr. Mitch Wilson State Farm InsuranceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Michael Underhill
Company Affiliation Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc.
Term Jan 1993 to Dec 2017
Email munderhill@cannoncountyrescue.com
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Membership
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. James Adkins Retired Healthcare Company CEO
Mr. Tim Bell Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc.
Mrs. Lou Nave Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Mrs. Tabitha Smith Family Nurse Practitioner, Private Practice
Mr. Steven Smith Cannon County School System
Dr. Michael Thomas Family Medicine Physician
CEO Comments Since becoming a profile member with GivingMatters.com, we have instituted financial reform, and organizational planning.  We have developed budgets, audits, fundraising plans, grant funding goals, and strategic plans which has made the organization even more successful.  We are now able to more accurately predict our expenses and revenue which has enabled us to enhance our response efforts locally and within the Middle Tennessee Region.  This change has allowed us to grow with in additions of rescue equipment and training.  We have utilized the funding to purchase rescue vehicles, equipment, and provide the necessary training to our responders.  We have doubled our fleet of emergency response vehicles and have expanded our services to the communities we serve.  This change would not have been possible without a collective effort on our part and without the support from the team at GivingMatters.com  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Michael Underhill
Term Start Jan 1993
Email MUnderhill@CannonCountyRescue.com
Experience Michael Underhill has served in volunteer emergency services since 1987. He is a Vehicle Extrication Instructor and a Certified Fire Fighter. He holds various certifications from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Tennessee Fire Training Academy, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a charter member of The Short Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, and he has served them as Chief from its formation to the present. He is also a lifetime member of the Mooretown Volunteer Fire Department and the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.  He has extensive experience in non-profit management, leadership, fire fighting, and rescue operations.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Jan 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography
Mr. Bell is a Critical Care and Nationally Registered Paramedic.  He is also a Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapist.  He has been an emergency responder since 1991.  He has extensive experience in emergency care and rescue, as well as non-profit management and grant development.
 
He is a Certified Vehicle Extrication Instructor and has received extensive training from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
 
Title Senior Vice President
Experience/Biography Mr. Hayes is certified by the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads as a Level One Instructor.  He has been a volunteer emergency responder since 1993.  He hold various certification in incident command from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Mrs. Harrell has been a volunteer emergency responders for 4 years.  She has joined the leadership team in 2015 and has taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer.
Title Junior Vice President
Experience/Biography
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $87,720.00
Projected Expenses $87,720.00
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$71,649$45,601$36,270
Administration Expense$0$0($5,478)
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.831.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%106%118%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$123,353$128,270$92,593
Current Assets$47,851$44,281$18,074
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$123,353$128,270$92,593
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $42,670Contributions, Gifts & Grants $62,173Contributions, Gifts & Grants $24,158
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $20,731Fundraising Events $16,265Fundraising Events $16,313
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $3,300Miscellaneous $31Earned Revenue $1,817
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Strategic Plan Initiative
Capital Campaign Goal $350,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $93,500.00 as of Jan 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Rescue Squads are exempt from Charitable Solicitations requirements. 
 
Financial figures taken from the 990EZ.
990 prepared by Sue H. Patrick CPA Tax Services, Inc.
Any foundation and corporate gifts are included with Individual Contributions sum, as these figures are not separated in 990 document.
 
*For 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, &  2016 program expenses list on page 2 exceed total expenses listed on page 1. Expenses are not broken down into Administrative, Program, and Fundraising expenses in 990 document; percentages shown here are approximations.*
 
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 10/30/2017. 
Nonprofit Cannon County Rescue Squad
Address 618 Lehman Street
Woodbury, TN 37190
Primary Phone (615) 849-2730
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Underhill
Board Chair Dr. Michael Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc
Year of Incorporation 1978

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