Firefighter Spotlight - March 2014

Firefighter Travis Kimmons

Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

When I decided that firefighting was the career path I wanted to pursue, I knew that the Hendersonville Fire Department was where I wanted to be. I grew up in Hendersonville seeing what a great city we have. It is a great place to work, play, and raise a family. Another factor that influenced me was the dive team the Hendersonville Fire Department had recently formed before I applied. Anything related to scuba diving has always been a passion of mine. I knew that if I got the job, becoming a Public Safety Diver for the HFD would be a goal I would set for myself.

What do you like most about HFD?

When I think back to all the shifts I have worked, what I remember most are the people we have helped. I have been fortunate to be part of several 911 calls where the people are still walking around today because of the actions of Fire and EMS personnel. This was only possible because of team effort and training put to work every time we respond to an emergency. Being a firefighter in the town I have come to love has enabled me to form friendships and help many people I would have never met if I did not have this job.

What is the most significant development in your career?

Eventually I did reach my goal of becoming a Public Safety Diver with the Hendersonville Fire Department. The HFD Dive team has seen many advancements in the training and equipment we use. The department has recently acquired a 36-foot state-of-the-art fireboat, military grade underwater acoustic imaging sonar, and the best Interspiro dive gear to outfit our divers. This equipment along with our regular training keeps the HFD Dive team safe and efficient.

Are you involved with any community activities?

A large part of our job is teaching fire safety to Hendersonville's children in our local schools. By teaching these children, we hope to prevent fires instead of fighting them.

What are your future plans?

As our city continues to grow and progress, I plan to continue my training and experience with the Hendersonville Fire Department. I look forward to testing for a Senior Firefighter promotion and keeping a positive progressive attitude.

Family Information

My wife and I just celebrated our sixth anniversary and have a two-year-old daughter, Harper.

Anything you would like to say about yourself or HFD?

In the next ten years, the Hendersonville Fire Department will see some big changes. We will see many personnel retire and many new faces. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fellow firefighters for the valuable lessons they have taught me over the years. I hope one day to pass on this knowledge to new recruits and keep the Hendersonville Fire Department a great place to work.

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