Firefighter Alan Pounders
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
When I hired on I was working at what I felt was a dead-end
job and was not very happy. I had a couple of friends
that worked at different fire departments around the Nashville
area and they talked about how much they loved their jobs
and how they liked being able to help others in the community.
I really liked the idea of helping others and wanted a job
that would enable me to do that. I also liked the work
schedule and the idea that no two days would ever be
the same. I had lived in the Hendersonville community
all my life. I heard that HFD was hiring and I put in
an application. I was lucky enough to be hired.
This is my seventeenth year and I have never regretted
joining the Hendersonville Fire Department.
Itís the best job in the world.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I really like working for a department in the city where
I was raised. HFD is a great department. We have some
of the best training around and the men that work here
are really special. At times we have a lot of fun while
at the fire houses, but once a call comes in, the professionalism
of every firefighter kicks in to high gear!!! I have really come
to cherish the friendships I have made here.
What is the most significant development in your career?
The training and equipment has really improved since
I started. We have some of the best training in the
state and the equipment we have is much better now
than when I started. Our turnout gear is much lighter and
easier to move around in and is the best that money can buy
which certainly helps us to do our job better.
Any community activities?
I am a member of the Hendersonville Church of Christ
where I have attended all my life. I am currently serving
as a deacon for the congregation. I also play basketball
and softball for the church teams in the city leagues.
What are your future plans?
I hope to safely finish my career at HFD and
then someday retire and enjoy spending time on the lake and traveling.
Tell us about your family
I have been married to my beautiful wife Tami for
19 years and we have two wonderful daughters.
Bailey is 15 and will be a sophomore at
Station Camp High School and Jordyn who
is 10 will be in the sixth grade at the new
Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School.
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