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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