August 27, 2018
DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department is the #1 all-volunteer fire department in the state of Tennessee for 2017-2018 training achievement. Of the 732 fire departments in Tennessee, both volunteer and paid, DeKalb County Fire Department ranked # 15 for 2017-18 training achievement.
Jeff Elliot, Fire Service Program Director at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, presented this training achievement award to the department’s officers Monday evening at the DeKalb County Commissioner’s meeting. This is the 10th consecutive year DeKalb County Fire Department has been recognized as one of Tennessee’s elite fire departments for outstanding training achievement. Last year, the department was the #2 volunteer fire department in Tennessee for training hours. This year, the department logged 2,624 training hours at the state fire academy and was recognized as a Gold Level fire department in Tennessee for 2017-18.
DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling commended the department’s members and leaders for continuing to make DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s training program a legacy of excellence. “Our county takes great pride in the level of commitment and service that we continue to see year after year from our volunteer firefighters who work hard and train hard to make sure our citizens have good fire protection here in DeKalb County. Getting this kind of statewide recognition for the 10th consecutive year makes it very clear that we have an excellent group of committed men and women who sacrifice many hours to be prepared to respond to the emergency needs of our citizens,” says Mayor Stribling.
Chief Donny Green said he wants to personally commend Captain Brian Williams, the department’s Training Officer, for his leadership, planning and coordination of the department’s training activities in a manner that consistently spotlights our training program as one of top in the state; volunteer or career.
The Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy provides excellent training programs delivered by professional and knowledgeable campus and field instructors. In addition to the 2,624 hours at the Academy, Captain Williams coordinated over 3,000 man hours of in “in-house” training.
Chief Green said that without the support of County Mayor Tim Stribling, the County Commission, the families of our volunteer firefighters, community and business partners, and the citizens of DeKalb County, the department could not have achieved this milestone.
“Properly trained firefighters are the best tools available to any fire department. Without proper training, the best and most expensive equipment is useless. However, good training coupled with good equipment is priceless,” said Chief Green.
Training performance and documentation are core elements in the Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) property protection that determine how much property owner’s have to pay in homeowners insurance premiums. The DeKalb County Fire Department’s proven commitment to training and emergency response has resulted in a dramatic improvement to DeKalb County’s Public Protection Classification Rating of Class 6 for all areas of DeKalb County located within 5 road miles of one of the department’s 11 stations.
If you are interested in learning more about the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, or would like information on how to be a member of our team, you can visit the Department’s website at: www.dekalbfire.com, or call 615-464-7176. You can also visit the Department’s FaceBook group page.
Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Training
Academy Elite Training Club 2017-2018
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Rural/Metro Fire Department: 6,890
Murfreesboro Fire Department: 5,225
Williamson County Fire & Rescue: 4,920
Bristol Fire Department: 4,331
Franklin Fire Department: 3,996
Memphis Fire Department: 3,616
Kingsport Fire Department: 3,608
Lebanon Fire Department: 3,588
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency: 3,185
Hendersonville Fire Department: 3,172
LaVergne Fire Department: 3,108
Dyersburg Fire Department: 2,644
DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department:2,624
Jefferson City Fire Department: 2,548
Hardin County Fire Department:2,538
Crossville Fire Department: 2,436
Dickson Fire Department: 2,428
Bartlett Fire Department:2,420
Germantown Fire Department:2,355
Fire Department of Mt. Juliet: 2,348
Gatlinburg Fire Department: 2,250
Putnam County Fire Department: 2,190
Cumberland County Fire Department: 2,168
Knoxville Fire Department: 2,167
Morristown Fire Department: 2,158
Shelbyville Fire Department:2,158
Brentwood Fire & Rescue:2,037
McMinnville Fire Department: 1,964
Columbia Fire Department: 1,942
Pigeon Forge Fire Department: 1,879
Williamson County Rescue Squad: 1,742
Selmer Fire Department: 1,735
Smyrna Fire Department: 1,656
Ashland City Fire Department:1,620
Gibson County Fire Department: 1,576
Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department:1,560
Sevierville Fire Department:1,550
Warrior’s Path Volunteer Fire Department: 1,515
Tullahoma Fire Department: 1,509
Maury County Rural Fire Department:1,467
Cookeville Fire Department: 1,418
Gallatin Fire Department:1,416
Karns Volunteer Fire Department:1,408
Rhea County Fire Department:1,346
Lawrenceburg Fire Department:1,319
Covington Fire Department:1,305
Bedford County Fire Department:1,299
Collierville Fire Department:1,288
Lewisburg Fire Department: 1,288
Rutherford County Fire & Rescue:1,263
Almaville Volunteer Fire Department:1,243
Goodlettsville Fire Department:1,221
Metro Nashville Airport Authority:1,200
Madison County Fire Department: 1,136
Manchester Fire Department:1,120
Clarksville Fire & Rescue:1,114
Seymour Volunteer Fire Department:1,097
Rockwood Fire Department:1,068
Newport Fire Department:1,028
Martin Fire Department:1,000