Firefighter Spotlight

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, A Shift at Station #2.    


What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?


Although the department has grown 5X its 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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