Fire Chief Phil Hyman Sworn In Thursday

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fire Chief Phil Hyman was sworn in on Thursday.  Here are his remarks:

"First of all I would like to thank Mayor Berke and his staff as well as the  members of the city council for giving me this incredible opportunity to lead the Chattanooga Fire Department. It is truly humbling to be selected to lead this department and I am honored. I am grateful that my command staff is here to support our department  and I am confident in their abilities to move us forward. I also have to mention all the officers, friends, and mentors I've had through the years that have given me the courage and the tools to succeed in this department.  

"I would also like to thank my loving wife, Lisa, and my two kids, Mason and Ansley, for their continued support. Lisa has been an integral part of my success in this department and has helped guide and support me through many changes and challenges. She has been there for me all along and I consider her the foundation that holds our family together.  

"My love for the fire service started nearly 22 years ago as a long haired young kid looking for direction and purpose in life. The fire service gave me that purpose and showed me the value of what 'service' to others means.  Over the last 22 years I have served in many different capacities with this department and I firmly believe it’s the best job in public safety and one of the best ways to give back to our community.  

"Serving as the 20th fire chief of this department will present new challenges and opportunities, and I’ll be reaching out to many people inside and outside the department to achieve our overall mission. I feel that any organization has to be adaptable if it is going to succeed. In the fire service we call this 'Situational Awareness'. We have to know what is going on around us to make the best decisions and adapt to ever changing surroundings.  

"The fire service is a dangerous profession. Our firefighters must put themselves in harm’s way on a regular basis, from going into a burning buildings, to hazardous materials calls, or simply responding to a wreck on the interstate, with distracted drivers buzzing by.  

"In addition to the obvious dangers I just mentioned, there are the more hidden dangers of cancer. In recent years, we have learned more and more about how all of the carcinogens our firefighters are exposed too are ending their lives prematurely. The numbers are staggering. Cancer caused 70 percent of the line of duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016.  

"I had an opportunity recently to hear from a local fire chief near Nashville who has survived his struggle with a late stage Multiple Myeloma. He has devoted his efforts in raising awareness for firefighters and community leaders to understand the importance of clean turnouts, exchanging hoods for clean ones at a fire, and taking simple steps to protect from the exposure to carcinogens.  

"As chief of this department, I believe one of my primary roles is to make sure our firefighters have the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs effectively and safely. 

"Thanks to my predecessors, and support from Mayor Berke and the city council, we have made great strides in providing that equipment. But the challenges continue.  

"I am very grateful that Mayor Berke and the city council approved the purchase of a second set of turnout gear for roughly a third of our department during Chief Adams’ administration. That will enable those firefighters to wash their gear between fires, which will reduce their exposure to the carcinogens. I know the mayor and city council will continue their support of our firefighters’ health, by approving the purchase of additional sets of turnout gear in the near future to help protect the rest of our firefighters.  

"Just two weeks ago, Mayor Berke and I held a news conference at Station 1 to announce that the Chattanooga Fire Department has earned the highest rating possible, with an ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification. We have joined the top .5 percent of fire departments across the nation with that top designation. 

"What does that mean? It means lower insurance premiums, especially for commercial properties in Chattanooga. It also means that our firefighters are pretty good at what they do.  

"Being a Class 1 fire department doesn’t mean we’re perfect. There’s always room for improvement. And in the coming days, weeks and months ahead, we’re going to identify areas where we can make improvements and keep this department moving forward.  

"Lastly, I can’t say enough how proud I am of the men and women that represent the Chattanooga Fire Department and the level of professional service they provide to our community, and I look forward to all the challenges as your new fire chief.

"Thank you."



Copies Of Remaining Chattanooga Photo Books Available At Zarzour's Restaurant

Remaining copies of the Chattanooga Photo books are available at Zarzours Restaurant on Rossville Avenue off Main Street. It is near Fire Hall #1. They include the Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga, and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga.  All were published by Chattanoogan.com.  and printed by College Press at Collegedale. The ... (click for more)

Daniel Johnson Gets 46-Month Federal Sentence For Cocaine Deals Using Postal Service

A Chattanooga man involved in a scheme to use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver large shipments of cocaine from California has been sentenced to serve 46 months in federal prison. Daniel Johnson, who had "not spent a day in jail" prior to his arrest in the drug case, appeared before Judge Travis McDonough. Authorities said the drugs were delivered from California in packages. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Gets First Win For Coach Lamont Paris

Lamont Paris came into the post-game interview room at McKenzie Arena Thursday night with a smile on his face and he had to feel good after getting his first win as the head coach of the Chattanooga Mocs basketball team. We all know that the Mocs are the youngest team in the NCAA this fall and they had lost their first two games on the road, including an embarrassing 89-47 loss ... (click for more)

Bradley Central Opens With 49-38 Win Vs. William Blount

Bradley Central’s Bearettes opened their high school basketball season Thursday night with a 49-38 victory over William Blount in Maryville, Tennessee. Senior Rhyne Howard, a Miss Basketball finalist last season, led the Bearettes with 20 points and Kimia Carter added 12. Lexi Campos paced William Blount with 11 points. Bradley’s proud defense forced 23 turnovers, ... (click for more)