Division Chief Donny Richardson
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
When I joined the Hendersonville Fire Department in October of 1975,
I never dreamed I would still be here more than 30 years later.
I was looking for part-time work when I joined, but as time
went on it became not only a job for me, but a passion.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
Helping others in need and knowing the department does
the best job possible, gives me a personal satisfaction
that is overwhelming. The camaraderie and loyalty
that the firefighters have with one another is what makes
working at HFD such a pleasure.
What is the most significant development in your career?
The most significant development since I have been here I feel is the
light-weight composite air bottles along with the “safer” light-weight
turnout gear. This has made our job much easier by not only
giving us more freedom and flexibility to move, but also
doesn’t take as much of a toll on us physically which in
turn increases our job performance.
Any community activities?
At the present time, I am not involved in many community
activities, however I am a past president of the
Firefighters Association and past Vice-President
of the Hendersonville Jaycees which I enjoyed very much.
What are your future plans?
My family is very important to me. I have two daughters, Ashley
who graduated from MTSU in May and Alivia who graduated
from Hendersonville High School. My future plans include
staying with HFD for several more years and on my time
off to do some traveling.
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