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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