Nashville Fire Department Adds 23 New Firefighters
Recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of extensive training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2022) – The Nashville Fire Department added 23 new firefighters to the
department during a graduation ceremony at Madison Church of Christ on Friday, October 7th

NFD Director Chief William Swann and Chief Training Officer Commander Scott Lively presented each of the
graduates with a certificate of completion and their official badge. Family, friends and fellow NFD personnel
celebrated Battalion 86’s accomplishment following the ceremony.
Battalion 86 completed more than 1,000 hours of an intensive curriculum, including classroom lectures and
hands on training. Their hands-on training included live fire training, swift water rescue training and high angle
rescue techniques.

“Now more than ever we need first responders who are committed to service and community,” Nashville Fire
Department and Nashville Office of Emergency Management Director Chief William Swann said. “Battalion 86

represents the future of our department and the ongoing commitment our department has to everyone in our
community to do our best every day to protect life and property.”

During the ceremony the NFD awarded Battalion 86 recruit Rashinda Dozier for earning the honor of
Valedictorian for academic performance in both the EMT and Fire Suppression programs.

Battalion 86 Recruit Cornelius Dirksen earned the Fitness Award for his work while in the academy.

Battalion 86 Recruit Justin Crockett earned The Esprit De Corps (Spirit of the Body) Award. This award is
earned by the member of the recruit class who best represents the heartbeat of the battalion.

The recruits will immediately join their fellow firefighters and EMS personnel in fire companies across Metro
Nashville Davidson County.


Credit: Nashville FD