June 28, 2005
D. GARY DAVIS
BRADLEY COUNTY MAYOR
Bradley County has a strong spirit of community and no where has it been more evident
than with our volunteer fire department. The Bradley County Volunteer Fire Department
was officially formed in 1992 and since then many volunteers have spent numerous hours
training, fighting fires, and teaching fire prevention in the community.
In the past several weeks, I have enjoyed seeing some of these volunteers fulfill their
dreams by making the transition from a volunteer to a full time paid firefighter.
These new full time firefighters recently began a three week training program and will be
ready to fight fires when the new contract with the City of Cleveland goes into effect on
July 1. We are fortunate to have found nine extremely qualified candidates with previous
experience not only in firefighting but also with hazardous materials and emergency
In the coming weeks, we will be testing and interviewing applicants for the remaining
three full time positions with the Bradley County Fire Department.
A change in the fire contract with the City of Cleveland in which the Cleveland Fire
Department only responds to fires inside the fire fringe district required the county to add
manpower to assist the volunteers in fire protection in the rural areas.
Beginning Friday, the Bradley County Fire Department will respond to all fires in the
rural areas. The volunteer stations will also still respond to these fires but with the
assistance of the full time engine crew responding from its central station location. The
central station, located at the Rescue Service Headquarters on Inman Street, will be
staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The following individuals are the first full time fighters hired by Bradley County.
Brent Bowles, Jeremiah Crumley, and Jerry May are Lieutenants.
Bowles is certified as a Firefighter II with hazardous materials training. He served in the
volunteer fire department for six years and is currently attending Chattanooga State
majoring in Fire Science.
Crumley is certified as a Fire Fighter I and also has hazardous materials training. He is
also an emergency medical technician.
May is certified as a Firefighter II and is also an emergency medical technician. He has
served as a Commander with the volunteer fire department since 2000.
Firefighters include Shawn Ellis who is a certified Firefighter II, a Paramedic, and a
Captain with the volunteer fire department. He has also undergone training in hazardous
Jesse Gann has served with the Bradley County Rescue Service.
Myron Hawkins is a certified Firefighter I and a medical first responder. He served as a
Commander in the volunteer fire department.
Matthew Mundall is certified as a Firefighter II and is an emergency medical technician.
He served as a Lieutenant in the Tri-Community Fire Department.
Hank Smith, Jr. has served with the volunteer fire department and is an Eagle Scout. He
is currently attending Chattanooga State majoring in Fire Science and EMT.
Thomas Suits is a certified Firefighter I and has hazardous materials training. He has
served as a Lieutenant in the volunteer fire department and is a member of the Bradley
County Rescue Service.
To be hired as full time firefighters, these nine individuals underwent an extensive
selection process. They first had to pass a 500 question written examination and then a
very tough physical agility test. They then were subjected to a physical examination,
mental evaluation, drug testing, background check, and interview process.
Bradley County was extremely fortunate to recruit such qualified individuals to serve as
our first full time firefighters. Several of these individuals left other successful careers to
serve our community. I appreciate their commitment and dedication to Bradley County.
If you have any questions about the Bradley County Fire Department, please contact
Chief Dewey Woody at 728-7067.