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Lives in:
Brentwood, TN
Franklin (TN) Fire Department
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
CPSE Chief Fire Officer (CFO)
Fire Officer IV
Fire Instructor II
Safety Officer
Apparatus Operator
Firefighter II
Advanced EMT (AEMT)
Topics you provide training for:
RIT, Rope Rescue, FF Safety & Survival, Tactics, Size-Up
Joseph R. Polenzani began his fire service career 30 years ago as a volunteer with the Ashland City (TN) Fire Dept. In 1998, he became a career firefighter with the Franklin (TN) Fire Dept., where he is currently a battalion chief. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Williamson County (TN) Rescue Squad.

Chief Polenzani holds a master’s degree in public safety leadership and administration from Arizona State University and is a certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, and Advanced EMT. He is a graduate of the Public Safety Leadership Development Program at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Professional Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Chief Polenzani has presented classes at numerous conferences, including FDIC International, the Alaska Fire Conference, West Virginia's fire conference (ESCAPe), the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference, and the Connecticut State Fire Academy. He has published articles in Fire Engineering magazine and, and serves as President of the Middle-Tennessee F.O.O.L.S. (a non-profit organization that provides free or low-cost training to firefighters throughout the state).
Web site:

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At 11:11pm on January 2, 2009, Arthur Ashley said…
Hey Joe,
I met you at FDIC, I work with your sister in Lexington, she is on my shift in the same district. Going to FDIC this year?
At 12:23pm on October 31, 2008, Joseph R Polenzani said…
Thanks, Jim. If nothing else, I'll see you in Indy!
At 11:24am on October 31, 2008, Jim Golden said…
Thanks for the call yesterday. I hate things didn't work out.
Stay safe!

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