Fulton city commission promotes Gunn
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 6:02 pm
Michael W. Gunn has been promoted to assistant chief and training officer for the Fulton Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance Service.
His promotion was recently approved by the Fulton City Commission based upon a recommendation by city manager Kenney Etherton.
Gunn, previously a captain/paramedic, was employed by the FFD and TCAS as a firefighter/paramedic in February 2004.
He and his wife, Melanie, live in Fulton with their daughter, Taylor, 7, and son, Owen, 2.
Gunn graduated from high school in Corinth, Miss., in 1991. He went to work for Dover Elevators in Middleton and became a certified metal fabricator. In February 1998, while working at Dover Elevator, he joined the Ramer Volunteer Fire Department. He served as a firefighter and first responder and began his emergency service career.
He was employed as a 911 dispatcher in McNairy County in 1999. During this period, he attended Jackson State Community College and received his emergency medical technician certification. In July 2000, he accepted a position as an EMT and first responder at the Weakley County Ambulance Service in Martin. While working in Weakley County, he attended JSCC again and received his paramedic certification.
While working at the Weakley County Ambulance Service from 2001-04, Gunn joined the nearby Sharon Volunteer Fire Department and served as a captain, firefighter and rescue and EMS instructor. During this same period, he served as a paramedic and training officer at the Henry County Medical Center EMS and Emergency Department in Paris. In his spare time, he worked part-time as a paramedic in the emergency department at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.
In February 2004, Gunn was hired as a firefighter/paramedic at the Fulton Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance Service. During the past seven years, he has constantly sought to improve his knowledge, skills, leadership ability and education and to impart these skills to his peers. He currently holds a multitude of fire and EMS certifications and licenses that will allow him to teach, test and certify firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics within the department.
In his role as a part-time instructor for Kentucky State Fire Rescue Training (SFRT), he maintains a vast network of contacts and information, is made aware of ever changing strategies and materials in fire and EMS education and keeps abreast of new and innovative ideas, equipment and tactics.
During the 2009-10 school year, Gunn, in collaboration with Kentucky SFRT, the Fulton Independent School System, Fulton City High School and local business partners, pioneered and implemented a successful high school EMT class, one of the few in Kentucky. The class has proven to be a plus for the students and a public relations success for all agencies involved.
Early in his emergency services career, Gunn had problems with his last name. EMS and fire service personnel often refer to each other by last name only. In the emergency services field of operations, the term “Gunn” when abruptly uttered most often indicates the sudden unexpected appearance of a dangerous weapon in a perpetrator’s hand or on his person. It was intimidating to other personnel when someone shouted “Gunn” to get Mike’s attention. Therefore, the nickname “Gunney” came into being and has stuck.
Fulton Fire Chief Peter M. Lamb said Gunn has all of the qualifications required for the position of assistant chief and training officer — with heavy emphasis on training officer.
“Mike Gunn has a total understanding of the operations of our fire department and ambulance service and the personnel that we employ,” Lamb said. “He has proven his ability to teach and train others. He has the experience, the academic credentials, the willingness to share, the leadership ability and the communication skills to help move this department into the future.”
Gunn will assume his new position April 18.
Published in The Messenger 4.4.11