By RACHAEL LONG / Photos courtesy of Ken Travis
The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department grew one hard hat size at Monday night’s City Commission meeting.
Fire Chief Brian Goss presented Brandon James for an oath of office ceremony at the start of the city’s meeting. In attendance to honor James’ recognition were several members of the city’s fire and rescue team, as well as his loved ones.
Goss said James would be replacing the vacancy former Lt. Chuck Hood’s recent retirement left in the department. Hood served more than 30 years for Brentwood Fire and Rescue.
James is a native to Hickman County, and before coming to the department, Goss said he served Centerville as a volunteer firefighter for the past five years.
Like many of the department’s other firefighters, Goss said James had a varied background which happens to be in construction, remodeling and building maintenance.
In addition to his experience fighting fires, James is a fully certified Firefighter II, Advanced EMT and holds an Associate’s Degree in Science from Columbia State Community College. Goss said James also holds certifications in hazardous materials response, swift water rescue and explosives training, among others.
“After a one-week orientation, which he completed a couple of weeks ago, he went right on shift and is doing extremely well,” Goss said.
James took the city’s oath Monday night and was immediately welcomed by all of the city’s commissioners.
Before the city meeting began, City Commissioner Regina Smithson made a point to thank the firefighters and department staff for their service.