Firefighter Spotlight - June 2014

Firefighter / EMT Joel Smith

Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

I joined the Hendersonville Fire Department because this was a career that always fascinated and excited me. I also had a chance to come to Hendersonville to assist after a tornado came through. I was very impressed with the department and the city.

What do you like most about HFD?

What I like most about HFD is the brotherhood and the family you unknowingly get when you enter this line of work.

What is the most significant development in your career?

Turn out gear has made big advances since I began. However, the most significant development may be the apparatus we use. They are safer today and more advanced in electronics, hydraulics, as well as scene and emergency lighting.

Are you involved with any community activities?

I am currently involved in the church on Sunday when the work schedule allows. I also volunteer as a firefighter in the county where I live.

What are your future plans?

My plans for the future include a promotion and continuing to further my education.

Family Information

I am married with three kids.

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