Glenn Gillespie, who has served with the Carlisle Fire Company since 1973, was appointed as the Kent County director of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association during a ceremony on Sept. 13 and looks forward to enhancing the operations of fire companies across the state. Gillespie said the opportunities provided by serving the Milford community as a volunteer firefighter have allowed him to receive the training and knowledge necessary to fulfill his new position.
Q: What are your major goals as the new DVFA director?
A: To find additional funding for all volunteer fire companies throughout the state to continue their daily operations as well as recruitment and retention of the volunteer rank and file.
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of this position and why?
A: Becoming the new Kent County director for DVFA will allow me the opportunities to continue traveling up and down the state to become more familiar with the variety of issues and concerns our volunteer fire service is experiencing. This will be my opportunity to observe and learn various processes associated with the state’s largest firefighter’s association to prepare me for my opportunity to begin through the organizational chairs culminating to the position of president of the association.
Q: What is most challenging about the job and why?
A: With the DVFA, the focus is on both operational as well as administrative issues that impact all 60 volunteer fire companies in the state.
Q: What is your most memorable moment and why?
A: The most memorable moment in my fire service career was being nominated and awarded “Heroic Fireman of the Year” from both my home company of Carlisle, as well as by the State Chief’s Association in 1985. The award was presented to me and three of my Carlisle colleagues following two successful rescues during a working structural fire. Former Chief Les Armour and I were recognized for the successful rescue of a civilian that night.