In order to maintain an up to date fire department, the Morristown Fire Department trains every week of the year. In order to maintain an ISO rating of class 3, the department must have 240 hours of training and 8 hands-on drills each year. In addition, the Tennessee Commission on Firefighting requires a pre-approved 40-hour training program. The commission certifies Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I and II, Fire Officer I and II, Pumper Driver/Operator, Aerial Driver/Operator, Apparatus Driver/Operator, Wildland Firefighter, Airport Firefighter, Safety Officer, and Public Educator I and II.
When a new firefighter is hired at the fire department, they must attend a 520-hour recruit school. This school is held in Johnson City TN and was developed several years ago. The fire departments of northeast TN needed a school to train new firefighters at a nominal fee, so the “Northeast Tennessee Regional Fire Training Association’ was formed. The cities that participate are Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Elizabethton, Jonesborough, Newport, Greeneville, Morristown, Tennessee Eastman, and the public safety officers from ETSU. There are 2 schools a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Battalion Chief Tim Greene coordinates the training for the Morristown Fire Department. He has been with the department for 22 years. He holds a BA of Professional Studies from the University of Memphis with concentrations in Fire Administration and Fire Protection Technology, along with Tennessee Commission certifications of Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Officer I and II.