BY SAMANTHA HEARN
Firehouse Magazine profiled Tennessee’s Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy recruits this week, which included a team from Brentwood.
Eighteen firefighter recruits from five departments across the state will graduate from the academy on Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. in Bell Buckle. Firehouse Magazine, a national online publication, featured the graduates in an article this week about the ‘firefighter boot camp’ and the 10 weeks of training recruits undergo.
In addition to Brentwood, recruits also came from Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Lebanon and Hendersonville. The training allows recruits to experience modern equipment, progressive instructors and cutting-edge classes. The Firehouse Magazine article can be viewed here.
To be a firefighter, an applicant must have 60 semester hours of college credits or 30 semester hours and two years of experience as a paid firefighter or EMT. They must be 21 years old before their hire date, be a U.S. citizen and be able to attain a valid Tennessee driver’s license.
Applicants must also pass a physical ability test, a written test and will be orally interviewed by department officers. Applicants will undergo a drug screen and a polygraph exam, and if an applicant has Emergency Medical Technician certification or other medical or fire experience and education, their opportunity for employment may be enhanced.
The starting salary for a firefighter is $36,769 per year with incentives for higher education, emergency medical training or firefighting experience. Firefighters must be Tennessee State Certified Firefighter II within 30 months of employment and First Responder certified within one year.
For more information or to apply, visit www.brentwoodtn.gov/index.aspx?page=87.
The department has four fire stations in Brentwood, including the headquarters on Maryland Way, one on Wilson Pike, one on General George Patton Drive and one on Sunset Road. It has 66 personnel, including six who are staff and 60 who are on the line.
There is a minimum of 17 personnel on duty per shift, and the department has four engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and one command vehicle. It also has a mini-pumper, a hazardous materials response trailer, a technical rescue trailer, an air trailer and a brush truck.
The Brentwood Fire Department is headquartered at 5211 Maryland Way. For more information, call 615-371-0170.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @samanthahearn.