Firefighter Spotlight

Senior Firefighter David Thompson


Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

Since the first time the fire department came to my school and

showed us their equipment and talked about the job, I knew

this is what I wanted to do, so actually I am living my childhood dream. 

The thing that makes my job extra special is to be able to do

it in the city I grew up in and call home.  I am “Living the Dream”!!       


What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?

We spend a third of our lives with each other. 

I love the closeness and the camaraderie we share. 

It’s like a Big Family…consisting of 100 brothers with a few

chiefs and two women that hold it all together. 

The professionalism and reputation of this department

is over the top.  Every department statewide respects and

knows Hendersonville Fire Department.    


What is the most significant development in your career?

In the 11 ˝ years I have been with the HFD, I have seen a

number of changes.  The most significant would be our

equipment and staffing.  The turnout gear and SCBA’s we

use are light weight and comfortable and the staffing levels

on each piece of equipment (i.e.; engines, ladder and rescue trucks)

make our jobs on any kind of scene more efficient and safer. 


Any community activities?

I am involved with collecting for MDA (Jerry’s kids), being a guide

or a chaperone for Christmas for Kids and other various

activities and events coordinated through the

IAFF Local 3460 as an E-Board member. 



  What are your future plans?

I plan to progressively continue my firefighting career through

education and experience, simply because this is an ever

changing career.  A wise man once told me, “If you ever get to

the point to where you think you know it all about the fire service,

get out because that is when you’re going to get someone hurt.” 

Also, I would like to reach rank of Captain.  My career goal

is to retire as a Captain of a firehouse and put in

30 years with the HFD.


Tell us about your family

I have an amazing 8 year old son, Dylan who I cherish

spending as much time with as possible.


I am a member of the HFD Honor Guard and actively compete

in the T.U.F.F. Challenge (Tennessee Ultimate Firefighter). 

In 2009, we won and were recognized as the best in the state.





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