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Fulton board approves Gunn as new fire chief

Fulton board approves Gunn as new fire chief
Fulton board approves Gunn as new fire chief | Fulton board approves Gunn as new fire chief

Mike Gunn
Mike Gunn has been named the new chief of the Fulton Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance Service.
The Fulton City Com-mission on Thursday approved Fulton city manager Steven Freedman’s recommendation to promote Gunn to the position of chief.
Gunn will assume his new position effective immediately. He succeeds Pete Lamb, who recently resigned the chief’s position.
Gunn has been employed as a firefighter/paramedic in Fulton for the past seven years. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Fulton with their daughter Taylor, 7, and son Owen, 2.
He graduated from high school in Corinth, Miss., in 1991 and went to work for Dover Elevators in Middleton, becoming 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 an emergency medical technician (EMT) 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 once again and received a paramedic certification.
Also while working at the Weakley County Ambulance Service from 2001 to 2004, Gunn joined the nearby Sharon Volunteer Fire Department and served as a captain, a firefighter and a rescue and EMS instructor. During this same period, he served as a paramedic and training officer at the Henry County Medical Center’s EMS and Emergency Department in Paris. In his spare time, he also 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, EMTs 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 the Fulton Fire Department, Twin City Ambulance Service, Kentucky SFRT, 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, city officials said.
Published in The Messenger 8.1.11

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