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Several of our firefighters were promoted over the past week, advancing their careers and moving the agency forward.

Bryan Keene and Richard Pershey both became lieutenants with a ceremony and breakfast at Station 3 on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Phil Hyman recognized Lt. Keene for being passionate about his job and always being willing to teach others.

“Don’t stop here. There’s more room for you to grow in this department,” the chief added.

Lt. Pershey has always been proactive and willing to learn, the chief said.

“You’re a go-to firefighter and you’ve helped put this department on the trajectory we need to be on,” the chief told him.

Members of the command staff thanked both new lieutenants for their hard work and told them that there are more steps ahead of them in their careers.

Next, Jim Keil accepted the position of Firefighter Engineer, a well-deserved promotion, CFD leaders said.

“You’re skilled and more than ready to step into this role. You’re respected by your crew and I’m proud of you. Keep going,” Chief Hyman said.

David Cowden made Captain and he was joined by his family and crew at Station 21 for the occasion.

“You’ve been an excellent leader everywhere you’ve landed and I’m happy to see this for you,” Chief Hyman told Cowden. “This is an important position in the department and we appreciate what you’ve done to this point. We know you’ll continue to guide your fellow firefighters.”

Members of the command staff encouraged Cowden to continue being a caring leader who others can turn to as a resource.

Shane Patterson was promoted to captain last week.

“You truly care about this job. You’ve done incredible work as a lieutenant and throughout your career. You have an excellent reputation and you’re well suited for captain,” Chief Phil Hyman told Patterson. “You also have a natural leadership ability. I’m very proud of you.”

Fellow firefighters commended Patterson for his exemplary service and attitude, calling him an inspiration and a dependable coworker.

We also want to congratulate Terry Knowles on his promotion to Battalion Chief!

Terry’s family and fellow firefighters joined him at Station 1 last week to wish him well in this new role as a chief officer.

“I’ve watched your career advance and I’ve always been impressed with your leadership and professionalism,” Chief Phil Hyman told him. “This is a critical position in the department with admin and operations duties and I have no doubt in my mind that you’ll do extremely well.”

Members of the command staff commended Knowles for always being willing to step up and take on more responsibilities in order to help the department, proving his abilities time and time again throughout his 15 years with CFD.

Congrats to this great group!


Chattanooga firefighters made a tremendous stop on a fire inside a trailer Tuesday, keeping it from spreading to the rest of the residents’ trailer.

It happened at 1:20 PM on Cassie Lane in Hixson at the Riverglen Mobile Home Community.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a mattress on fire in a back bedroom.

They worked quickly and kept the flames contained to the bedroom.

One of the residents was using an oxygen tank, so extra precautions were taken to keep firefighters safe on the scene. The resident tried to put the fire out with his hand and suffered minor burns. He was treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting three impacted residents.

Units from Stations 16, 19, and 22 were on scene, along with EPB and Hamilton County EMS and Battalions 1 and 3.

As firefighters were cleaning up at the Hixson scene, other crews were responding to a call in Lookout Valley.

Just after 2 PM, CFD went to Lookout Lake Rd off Browns Ferry Road on a smoke investigation.

Once in the area, units saw heavy smoke and found an unoccupied, secluded structure on fire in the woods.

It is believed to be someone’s art studio. No one was there at the time of the fire.

Firefighters faced a muddy climb to get to the structure because they could not access it with fire trucks and a strenuous firefighting operation got underway.

The scene was about 100 yards off a gravel road so they stretched and extended hose lines up the hill to extinguish the fire.

There is extensive damage to the building, but there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Units on scene included: Battalions 1 and 2, Squad 1, Squad 20, Ladder 5, Ladder 1, Quint 14, Quint 3, Hamilton County EMS and EPB.

We appreciate the assistance from Red Bank FD and East Ridge FD to provide mutual aid for fire protection.

Photo from Hixson fire scene:

cassie lane fire


Photo from Lookout Valley scene:

art studio fire

The staff at a local McDonald’s had anything but a routine morning as they started preparing for the breakfast crowd.

CFD was called to the McDonald’s at 4829 Brainerd Road at 4:15 AM Friday.

Several employees showed up for work and started getting things ready.

They smelled smoke and noticed that the stove was on fire, as well as the wall behind it.

They tried to put it out, but they couldn’t so they evacuated the building.

Firefighters made an offensive fire attack and went in and extinguished the kitchen fire.

Crews also went to the roof to put flames out because the fire went through the vent system and extended to the roof.

There were no injuries.

Officials on the scene believe the blaze was the result of a grease fire or a mechanical malfunction with the equipment.

Responding units: Squad 13, Quint 13, Engine 5, Engine 15, Engine 21, Quint 8, Squad 1, Battalion 1 and Battalion 2.

brainerd mcdonalds fire 1

Chattanooga fire investigators believe a late night blaze at a house on East Avenue was intentionally set.

At 11:35 PM on Monday, January 6th, firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 700 block on a reported residential structure fire.

Someone driving by the house spotted it and called 911 to alert emergency personnel.

Crews noticed light smoke coming from the roof of the house, which was vacant and had been condemned.

Flames were discovered on the second story and were quickly contained to the upstairs rooms. Firefighters then conducted fire suppression operations and ventilated the structure.

Investigators concluded that the fire started in the bathroom of the second floor as a result of arson. The home had no power or utilities.

The case remains under investigation.

East Ave house fire pic 1

There were no injuries at a Chattanooga business after a call came in about a possible commercial fire and reported explosion.

CFD responded to Brandt Industries on Riverside Drive just after 2 PM Friday.

The company cleans brass and other materials so chemicals are present in the building, prompting officials to initially call for extra manpower and members of the Special Operations team in case of a hazmat situation.

But the fire was out upon the arrival of our crews thanks to the quick actions of employees at the facility.

Firefighters spent time thoroughly examining the impacted area to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

Again, no one was hurt. We are working to determine what exactly caused the fire.

riverside drive commercial fire

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