Firefighter Keith Binkley
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I joined the department because I wanted to help people and because of the lineage of firefighters in my family.
My grandfather and father were both Metro Nashville firefighters.
I noticed how appreciative people were to them and their service growing up and how
rewarding it was to help those who needed it.
I looked up to them and with my grandfatherís recent passing it, means even more to me
to be a part of this department.
I also noticed the brotherhood that was shared within the fire service and how it would possibly
grow stronger with every experience,
to be a part of something that means a lot to people.
What you like most about Hendersonville Fire Department?
The sense of pride and camaraderie within the department.
The HFD is proud of what they do and commits a sense of importance apparent in the level of
training that is given for us to do our job effectively.
The sense of brotherhood is also very apparent from station to station and department wide.
One third of a firemanís life is spent at the fire hall and working with their fellow firemen.
So itís like a second family and the experiences that are shared strengthen that bond, on or off the fire ground.
Another aspect I like about working for HFD is the reaction you get from the public when out.
A random citizen will approach you and thank you for what you do and tell you how much it means to them,
and it may be someone you helped on a recent call.
That is one of the most rewarding things about being a fireman for HFD.
What is the most significant development in your career?
The most significant development has to be earning my Fire Fighter II journeyman certification.
When joining the department a lot of significance was placed on this certification as a step in becoming a more
effective firefighter and a step forward in your career as a firefighter.
Any Community Activities?
My community activities include the activities that I participate in with the department like MDA (Fill the Boot),
Fire Safety classes throughout the year including other activities with my daughterís school.
What are your future plans?
My future plans in the department are to further my education within the department, become a better firefighter
and to move forward in my career with the HFD and to continue to raise my family in Hendersonville.
I have a four year old daughter named Ava who attends the Goddard School in Hendersonville
and takes swimming lessons at the Sea Star Swim School also in Hendersonville.
I am so thankful to be a part of the HFD and to serve the community where I live and raise my family.
Given the opportunity to be a part of the fire service for the HFD was one of the greatest gifts that had been given to me and I hope
I can continue to reflect the values this department expects and possesses to the community and my family.
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