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Lives in:
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
University of Tennessee
Fire Management Consultant
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
I work with 732 fire departments across the State of Tennessee. I see issues in all areas of the fire service.
Professional Qualifications:
Instructor Trainer, Chief Fire Code Analyst, Haz Mat Specialist, and many more.
Topics you provide training for:
All areas from basic to advanced. Specialilized areas in Has Mat, Fire Investigations, Management, and others
Areas of expertise:
Fire Managment, Training, EMS, emergency management, fire investigation.
Former Fire Chief with the Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg, Tennessee / Prior to that I was with the Maryville Fire Department, Operations Commander, Maryville, Tennessee.

Presently, I am a Fire Management Consultant (state wide consultant) with the University of Tennessee Institute of Public Service, Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

Also presently a volunteer firefighter with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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At 11:27pm on May 25, 2008, David Ebel said…

Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.

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At 7:44pm on May 4, 2008, Randall W. Hanifen said…
No Problem, I definatly understand the chaos our lives lead at times. I have started a Firefighters research group on the site. It is called Firefighters R.reasearch Group. Low attendence thus far, but could provide a place to exchange information and have others help with research projects.

At 1:39pm on April 30, 2008, Randall W. Hanifen said…
Hi Gary,

It was nice to meet you in Pigeon Forge this past week. The Chief and guys from pigeon forge were a wealth of information. If you can send me the link to your website at the univerity, as i forgot it.


Randall W. Hanifen
West Chester Fire
University of Cincinnati
At 5:21pm on April 27, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
We could use your photos and your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on the side under featured groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
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