Captain, EMT Don Dallenbach
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
Our family moved to Hendersonville in 1977, so I have
spent the majority of my life here. Through the years
I have seen our community grow and develop
and I have made many life long friendships.
I knew a long time ago that I wanted to raise
my family here. I started my public safety career
with Sumner County EMS as an EMT-IV. While stationed
at one of the Hendersonville Fire Department
stations and working with the Firefighters, I realized
I had found my calling. I tested and was hired in
1992 and can honestly say I love what I do today as
much as the first day I put on the uniform.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
As firefighters, we are tasked with protecting and
serving our community. The members of the Hendersonville
Fire Department are, by far, some of the most highly
trained and professional firefighters in the State.
I am privileged to work along with these firefighters
and for a department that takes such pride in it's members
and the community. It is this high level of training, dedication
and professionalism that enables us to be positive, influential
role models within our community and be able to make a
positive difference in someone's life at their time of need.
What is the most significant development in your career?
As a department, we have seen several significant
developments over the years. Traditionally, the Fire
Service has been slow to change and the utilization
of new technology. Our department has stepped outside
of that old tradition and is constantly improving our ability to respond
to any emergency situation, especially in the post 9/11 world
we now live in. Through constant training and using the latest
tools and equipment such as thermal imaging cameras,
state of the art turnout gear and breathing apparatus,
AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators), a dive rescue
unit, and hazardous material response equipment we
are able to do our jobs efficiently, effectively and most
Any community activities?
I am involved as a youth baseball coach with the Cal Ripken
Baseball League and am currently coaching on a Rookie
League team. Go Giants!
What are your future plans?
I plan on continuing my career here at the Hendersonville
Fire Department, serving our community to the best of
my ability, taking a proactive part in the future of our
Department and preparing myself for future promotional
opportunities. I am blessed to be able to do what I love
every day and plan to continue until retirement.
Tell us about your family
My wife, Denise, is a Lab Tech at Hendersonville Hospital.
We have been married now for 11 years and have two
wonderful sons, Dylan (7) and Drew (5). It takes a special
person to be a fireman's wife when we are away from our
family every third day. I am blessed to have such a special,
supportive and caring wife and family.
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