Residents living outside the city limits of Morristown depend on four volunteer fire departments in Hamblen County for protection.
Volunteer men and women staff the locations in North, South, East and West Hamblen County. When a structure is on fire at least three of the departments typically respond.
The volunteer departments rely on fundraisers, donations and grants to fund the resources needed to extinguish fires.
None of the volunteers are paid and they respond as soon as they are called out by dispatch.
The Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Departments, and the 70 volunteers who staff the five locations, are on call 24/7, ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
The North Hamblen Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1977 at its 787 Noe’s Chapel Road location.
The department has two engines, one tanker, one brush truck and a concession trailer.
Chief Tony Trent has volunteered for the past 25 years. He has served as the department’s chief for more than a decade.
The North department has 15 volunteers.
For more information call 423-586-9435 or visit www.nhcvfd.com.
The South Hamblen Volunteer Fire Department, located at 4686 South Davy Crockett Parkway, was established in 1975.
The department has three engines, one brush truck and one trailer.
Chief Kevin Jarnigan has volunteered at the SHVFD for nearly 20 years. Jarnigan has also served with the Morristown Fire Department for the past 14 years, where he is a lieutenant. The South volunteers hold a rodeo every January to assist in funding the department.
There are currently 14 volunteers who staff the department.
For more information call 423-581-9447.
The West Hamblen Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1973 at 6301 West Andrew Johnson Highway. A second location was built on Kidwells Ridge Road in 2008.
Chief Mark Hickman has volunteered with the department for 26 years and has 28 volunteers who utilize both of WHVFD locations.
They have four trucks, a fire prevention trailer and Sparky the Fire Dog Robot, a mascot who speaks to children often during the school year.
For more information call 423-581-2003.
The East Hamblen Volunteer Fire Department, located on Luther Proffitt Road, was established nearly 30 years ago.
The department has five trucks and around 12 volunteers.
Chief Bill Jordan has been manning the department for the past eight years.
For more information on EHVFD call 423-581-5471.