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Three veteran Franklin Firefighters promoted

Three veteran Franklin Firefighters have new supervisory roles and responsibilities after recent promotions. Tyler Crews and Michael Pardue have been promoted to the rank of captain, and Matt Stout has been promoted to lieutenant. All three of the newly promoted officers started their firefighting careers as teenagers, volunteering for their hometown departments.

Captain Tyler Crews
Captain Tyler Crews became a volunteer firefighter for Maury County in 2000 after graduating from high school. The following year he was hired by the Columbia Fire Department, where he worked until 2004, when he was hired by the Franklin Fire Department.

In his new role, Crews serves as the Administrative Services Captain in the administration division, overseeing the maintenance and purchasing of equipment, facilities and fleet. With six stations, 20 apparatus, and more than 150 firefighters to outfit, Crews says, “It takes a team to keep an organization of our size running efficiently and effectively. I am glad to be learning and participating in this side of it.”

One of Crews’ main objectives will be to help open Franklin’s next fire station in Westhaven, with ground breaking tentatively scheduled for this summer.

Crews was formerly a lieutenant at Franklin Fire Station 2 on Murfreesboro Road and was voted Firefighter of the Year by his peers in 2007. He has an A.S. in Fire Science from Volunteer State Community College and is an EMT-IV. Crews and his wife and two children live in Columbia.

Captain Michael Pardue
With 19 years of firefighting experience, including 14 with the Franklin Fire Department, Captain Michael Pardue now oversees a crew at Station 4 in Fieldstone Farms. He was previously a lieutenant at Station 2 on Murfreesboro Rd.

Pardue started his firefighting career at the age of 17, when he was with a friend who was a volunteer firefighter. “I was in the truck with him when he had to go on a fire call,” said Pardue. He ended up helping out at the fire and said from there he was hooked. He began volunteering for the Ashland City Fire Department while still in high school and was hired by the Franklin Fire Department in 2000.

Pardue is a hazmat specialist and coordinates the purchase of hazmat equipment and instruction for the department. He also serves on the department’s awards and training committees.

He has a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis, and an A.S. in Fire Science from Volunteer State Community College, where he is an adjunct instructor of fire behavior and fire service hydraulics. He is also an EMT-IV. Pardue and his wife and three children live in Ashland City.

Lieutenant Matt Stout
In addition to being a lieutenant in the Franklin Fire Department, Matt Stout is also Fire Chief of the Chapel Hill Fire Department, where he has volunteered since 2004. Stout’s volunteer service began just after high school graduation with the Nolensville Fire Department. He worked for the Smyrna Fire Department for two years while continuing to volunteer, before joining the Franklin Fire Department in 2004.

Stout says he decided to be a firefighter when he was eight years old, after his best friend’s house across the street caught fire. Stout was the one who called 911. “My other good friend, his dad was a fireman in town, and his dad came to the fire. I made up mind then to be a firefighter,” said Stout.

Previously an Engineer on Ladder 3 at Station 3 on Mallory Station Rd., Stout is now assigned to Station 2 on Murfreesboro Rd.

Stout has a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention from the University of Memphis. He is a hazmat specialist, a rope rescue technician, and an EMT-IV. Stout lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and three daughters.

Posted on: 2/2/2014


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