Morristown Fire Department serves wide ranging area

The Morristown Fire Department provides fire protection, emergency medical response, fire inspection and codes enforcement, hazardous material response, as well as various other teams and programs designed to protect and inform a population of more than 25,000 residents.

The department maintains an ISO Rating of Class 3 and has six engines, one aerial unit, one rescue unit, one Hazardous Materials unit and six stations located strategically around the city.

The department participates in several federal and state programs including the State of Tennessee Fire Accreditation Program and the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

The mission of the MFD is to respond to natural or manmade disasters and to provide medical response in urgent emergencies.

The MFD aspires to provide the residents of Morristown with professional, effective, and efficient fire protection. This goal is best accomplished through utilization of highly trained, highly motivated personnel using quality fire suppression equipment; while applying proven firefighting techniques.

The MFD is dedicated to protecting the homes, businesses and properties of Morristown and firefighters stand ready to protect families in times of crisis.

At each of the department’s six locations there is one lieutenant, one battalion chief and approximately 26 firefighters. The firefighters work a schedule of 24 hours on and 48 hours off and are assigned to one of three shifts. Each shift operating out of the six stations has seven front line pieces of apparatus.

They cover an area of 27.1 square miles with an average response time of three minutes and 33 seconds.

The day-to-day responsibilities for the department are assigned to Fire Chief Bill Honeycutt, Fire Marshal Eual Noah, Administrative Chief Gary Ryan, Operations Chief Clark Taylor, Training Officer Tim Greene, Liaison Officer Lt. Billy Hale and administrative assistant Edith Sherles.

The department works diligently to maintain there class three Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Service Office.

The Child Restraint Technician Team is available to ensure car seats are properly installed.

The technicians will also show parents how to install car seats themselves. In addition to serving walk-in citizens, the child restraint technicians will also go to different businesses or industries for safety days and events.

The Morristown Fire Department Explorer Post is chartered through the Boy Scouts of America and provides an opportunity for teens ages 14 through 21 to learn what it’s like to be a firefighter and engage in training to earn Junior Firefighter certificates.

The department also has an Honor Guard that presents colors and flags at various city and sporting events.

CPR instructors travel to nonprofit agencies and through the Hamblen County School System to teach life-saving techniques. There are 12 CPR instructors who work with this program. The chaplains in the fire department are trained in critical incident stress management and also offer spiritual counseling.

Urban Search and Rescue is a team of firefighters with extensive training. They are on call in case of a disaster such as an earthquake or collapsed building. They can be called anywhere in District II, which covers from Morristown, west to the Cumberland Plateau.

The Safety Clowns are involved in public education and not only make appearances in Hamblen County Schools but at area events and festivals as well.

All firefighters with the Morristown Fire Department receive training in compliance with ISO, Tennessee Fire Commission and OSHA regulations. The ISO rating of a department is determined by the Insurance Services Office and the lower the number, the lower the area homeowner’s insurance premiums are.

The MFD also has a smoke detector program to help ensure that every home in Morristown is equipped with a smoke detector. The department received the detectors through a grant and will give them to Morristown residents as well as install them free for those who need them.

For more information or to inquire about child restraint safety or a smoke detector call the department at 423-586-5072.

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:36 am