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President's Message



It is an honor to serve you as the President of the Tennessee Firemen’s Association, one of the
oldest fire service organizations in Tennessee. I appreciate the challenge and responsibility and look
forward to continuing to build on the success our association has achieved since its inception.


As an association, it is important that we continue to grow our base whether that is through
reaching out to neighboring departments or individuals by asking them to become a member. My
challenge to each of you is to help grow our organization by reaching out to potential members and
departments that are not already members of the association. It’s through the collective organization of these individuals that we are able to expand our association and benefits, acquire new training, and
work with state and federal legislators to remedy resolutions that benefit the Fire Service both for paid and volunteer across the great State of Tennessee. Whether you are a paid firefighter, volunteer
firefighter, or retired our organization is for you and welcomes you.


Many partnerships exist that we are proud to be a part of in the state including Tennessee
Fire Chiefs Association, Tennessee Fire Coalition, Fire Safety Inspectors, IAAI, State Fire Marshalls Office, and Fire Sprinkler Association. Through partnering with these organizations and associations, we are able to more aggressively achieve priorities and goals serving the best interests of the fire service.

Our annual Tennessee Firemen’s Conference will be here before we know it. I am personally
excited to be able to host this event, and hope that you will make plans to join us for some great
fellowship and training. This year we are planning a beautiful fall conference in East Tennessee! If
you have never attended a conference and training, I challenge you to come and check us out, you will not be disappointed.


If you have any questions or suggestions to improve our association please reach out to me or
a board member. We are extremely receptive to feedback and hope that through it we can grow our
association. If you are not a member, we hope that you will join our association and its benefits. I look forward to serving you and the fire service across the great State of Tennessee.

Thank you.

Chief Paul Swafford

Tennessee Firemen's Association President

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