Captain, EMT Jerry Shamblin
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I started my firefighting career in October, 1975 with Old Hickory
Fire Department and in October, 1977 I joined Hendersonville
Fire Department. I worked until December, 1980 and left for
personal reasons. I rejoined HFD in May, 1985 when there
was an opening and I liked the department and the people.
At the time of the opening, it was a close knit group
with only 18 firefighters. At this time we have 97 FD
personnel and my current rank with the Hendersonville
Fire Department is Captain, ďAĒ Shift at Station #2.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
Although the department has grown 5X itís original size since I
started, the brotherhood of the firefighters still exists today.
The opportunity for education and advancement are here
and we take pride in using our experience and schooling
to serve our community. The professionalism of everyone
here makes it easy to enjoy coming in to work.
What is the most significant development in your career?
There has been no one significant event that stands out in my mind
as far as developments in my career, however working with HFD
is a continually changing and evolving process from the first
day to the last. We all gain new knowledge everyday we work.
Any community activities?
I have worked with different charitable groups as a Fire Department
Representative and a Firefighter Association Representative in the
past. I was president for 8 years and am now the current
secretary/treasurer of the Firefighters Association. I really
enjoy being able to just help others.
What are your future plans?
My family is very important to me. I have a lovely wife, 1 daughter,
4 step-children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I plan t
o retire in less than 2 years to travel, enjoy life, work on my farm,
build myself a log house and enjoy the outdoors. I plan to enjoy
lots of time with my family after I retire.
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