Senior Firefighter, EMT Glenn Uram
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I started firefighting in 1974 while living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania when I j
oined a local Volunteer Fire Department. During the summer months, I worked
part-time at the Wilkinsburg Bureau of Fire inside Pittsburgh.
I left Pittsburgh in 1983 looking for better employment. My searching
took me to fire departments in Tampa Florida and here in Hendersonville. I
applied for work at both departments and within months was made
offers from both. I decided on Hendersonville’s offer because the
department was so young I felt that I could grow with it. When I was hired
in 1984, the city’s fire department consisted of two fire stations
with 6 people on duty.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
When I applied for work here, it was my first visit to Tennessee.
I was very impressed with Tennessee and the Hendersonville area.
After spending most of my life living inside Pittsburgh, I liked Hendersonville’s
low housing costs, quiet neighborhoods, small community feel and
safer environment. Tennessee offered milder weather, better rivers
and lakes, well kept state parks and a part of the Appalachian
Mountains that I hadn’t yet explored.
What are your future plans?
During the last 15 years, I have managed to do extensive
traveling throughout the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean.
The one place I continue to revisit is the Caribbean
and Key West which is where my future plans lay.
Retirement is not far off. I’ve been watching
several different resorts being designed and built in
the Caribbean and at Key West. The only problem is…which one?
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