DeKalb County Fire Department Ranks # 1 in Tennessee for Training Efforts

July 20, 2010
Donny Green

The Tennessee State Fire and Codes Academy has recognized DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department as the # 1 volunteer fire department in Tennessee for it training efforts. Additionally, DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department ranks # 6 overall considering all 732 fire departments in Tennessee, both paid and volunteer.

All 5 of the higher ranking departments are career-paid departments and are as follows:

Johnson City Fire Department---------------------- 7,821 hrs.
Smyrna Fire Department---------------------------- 5,773 hrs.
Memphis Fire Department-------------------------- 5,401 hrs.
Murfreesboro Fire Department--------------------- 4,571 hrs.
Cookeville Fire Department------------------------ 3,607 hrs.
DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department-----3,203 hrs.

DeKalb County Mayor Mike Foster commended Chief Donny Green, Assistant Chief Roy Merriman, who also serves as the Department’s Training Officer, and all the officers for their leadership in making DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s training program such a success. “It is amazing to see the level of commitment that we are getting from our volunteer firefighters who work hard and train hard to make sure our citizens have good fire protection here in DeKalb County. These rankings make it very clear that we have an excellent group of men and women who are willing to do whatever it takes to be ready to respond to the emergency needs of our citizens,” says Mayor Foster.

Chief Donny Green says he wants to personally commend Assistant Chief/Training Coordinator Roy Merriman and Lieutenant/Training Officer James Pennington for their determination in making our training program one of the best. “Properly trained firefighters are the best tools a fire department has. Without training, good equipment is useless,” says Chief Green. The Tennessee State Fire and Codes Academy will be presenting a Certificate of Achievement to the Department in the near future and he hopes to make an official presentation and the next DeKalb County Commission Meeting.

If you are interested in learning more about the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, or would like information on how to be on our team and become a volunteer firefighter, you can visit the Department’s website at: or call the Main Station at 615-597-2609 and leave a message.

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