Firefighter Spotlight

Division Chief Gary Parker



Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?


 In May 1978 it became very apparent to me that I wanted to

become a firefighter for the Hendersonville Fire Department. 

I had previous experience in Wildland and knew I wanted to

pursue this as a career.


What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?


The HFD is very safety-minded, very people oriented and is the

most progressive department I have ever worked for.  I can

honestly say that some of the best friends I have ever had

are in this department. 


What is the most significant development in your career?


There have been many developments over the years;

however the most significant, in my opinion

would have to be the fireground command coupled

with lots of extensive training.  The training along

with the willingness of the men and women in

this department to serve its community is

outstanding in every way.  The families

in the city of Hendersonville are wonderful

to work with as well.  To have the opportunity

to work with and teach children about fire

and water safety is rewarding in itself and

takes us home everyday with a feeling of




  What are your future plans?


 As far as my personal life, I am a proud grandad of 2 grandsons

 which have enhanced so many aspects of my life.  I do plan to

continue my career with the fire department for at least 5

more years maintaining the same level of professionalism

which I hope has helped the department to move forward

in many ways.






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