Firefighter Spotlight

Senior Firefighter Joe Brown



Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

I have always had a deep desire to help others in their time of need

and becoming a firefighter has fulfilled that desire in every

possible way.  Since I began my career with the Hendersonville

Fire Department, I have never regretted my decision.  The

community I serve is my home and the people I work with are

my brothers and sisters.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.


What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?

Without a doubt, the people I work with.  The ladies are true

professionals in every sense of the word yet, take the

practical jokes and antics of the firefighters in stride. 

The firefighters are all highly trained, career oriented

and professional yet, bicker among themselves like

siblings.  When it comes down to it, they will come together

in an instant whenever called upon.  They are like family

and I am proud to be a part of that family.


What is the most significant development in your career?

I would have to say the development of the Thermal Imaging

Camera for use in the fire service, ranks at the top.  It has

become a vital tool in rescue and fire ground operations

and is very useful in locating any given heat sources.  This

makes it almost indispensable.  I am also very proud of our

Honor Guard, of which, I have been a part since it began in 2001.   

I especially felt privileged to have been in a position to pay

homage to those who gave their lives in the 9-11 terrorists attack. 

In addition, continuing “Fire Safety” and “Learn Not to Burn”

classes in our schools and other public facilities is also

very important.  Prevention is the best medicine.


Any community activities?

Currently, I am not involved in any community activities. 

However, my family continues to support our favorite charities.


  What are your future plans?

I plan to continue serving the Hendersonville Fire Department

and the citizens of Hendersonville until retirement.  I also

want to help my son through college.  When it’s time

to retire, I want to spend time with my wife traveling. 

I hope to fish and hunt in far away places.


  Tell us about your family

I have been married to my wonderful wife, Yvonne, for 27 years. 

We have a son, Corey, who is 18 and a daughter, Alisa, who is 34.




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