Senior Firefighter Brian Fann
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
Prior to getting hired by Hendersonville Fire Department, I had a well paying job working for a
soft drink company. The hours were long but the pay was good. However, at the end of the day,
I felt that I hadn’t achieved anything. I had made no difference in anyone’s life. There was no
internal reward only external. I knew that there was something more rewarding out there for me.
Many of my high school friends went on to become firefighters at various departments in the area.
One of them told me that Hendersonville Fire Department was starting a new hiring list so
I decided to give it a shot. While filling out the application, I was informed that Hendersonville
was only going to accept the first one hundred applications and I was number 101.
I was on the outside looking in and had to pray that someone would not show up to take the
written test so that I would at least have a chance. I am a big believer in prayer, fate, and sometimes
luck. Fortunately for me an applicant did not show up to take the written test. After taking the written test
I moved up the list into the mid 50’s and still had to tackle the physical agility test. After the
physical agility, I moved into fifth place but Hendersonville only had three open positions.
Once again, I was on the outside looking in. I remember during my interview telling Chief Steele
that I was going to be a firefighter somewhere and that if he would give me the chance, I wouldn’t
let him or this department down. That was almost 10 years ago. So I suppose the reason I joined
Hendersonville was a mixture of fate and luck but the reason I stay is loyalty.
What you like most about Hendersonville Fire Department?
There are many things that I like about our department. If I had to pick things that I couldn’t live
without though, it would have to be the camaraderie between our firefighters and the internal
reward I get from doing my job. Being an only child, I never knew what it meant or felt like to have
a brother and now I have over 100 and there is no better feeling than completing a shift and
knowing that you gave 100 percent and made a positive difference in several peoples lives.
What is the most significant development in your career?
In my opinion, NIMS (National Incident Management System) is one of the most significant
developments in my career. Basically NIMS enables us as firefighters and first responders to
work together with other agencies such as police and medical to prevent, protect against, respond to,
recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity,
to reduce the loss of life and property.
Any Community Activities?
Unfortunately, at this time, there are not many community activities that I participate in.
Most of my time is spent at the fire department and with my family. In my spare time, I attend
Volunteer State Community College where I will be graduating next semester with my
Associates Degree in Fire Science.
What are your future plans?
Chief Steele gave me an opportunity in 2003 to become a part of this department and I
told him that I would not let him down. My plans for the future are to stay at Hendersonville and
continue to provide a good value for the taxpayers of this city and also further prepare our
department to exceed national standards.
I have been married to my beautiful wife Hannah for almost 6 years. She is definitely
my foundation and pushes me to be a better person everyday. I wouldn’t be who or
where I am now without her.
I would just really like to say to all of my fellow coworkers how much of a blessing that
it has been working with all of you for the past decade. Some of you will be retiring in t
he upcoming years and I appreciate all that you have done for me and I will try to maintain
the principles and morals that you have taught me. For those that still have some time, I look forward to
the next ten years and have a positive outlook on what they will bring. You are all like family to me
and regardless of what shift I am on; I am always here for you.
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