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Posted on: September 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 9-20-18 Bristol Tennessee makes Assistant Fire Chief Appointments

The City of Bristol Tennessee announced the promotion of two long-standing members of the Fire Department to the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Mr. James T. (Tommy) Castle has been appointed Assistant Fire Chief – Operations and Mr. David C. McGlamery has been appointed Assistant Fire Chief – Administration.

Tommy Castle is a 29-year veteran of the Fire Department serving most recently as a Battalion Chief and hired as a Firefighter/EMT in 1989. Tommy has promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, and to Battalion Chief in 2010, where he has served as Shift Commander. Castle has extensive experience and serves as an instructor in the areas of fire service, specialty rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical service. He is certified to the Fire Officer Level II, Fire Inspector I Advanced EMT, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Technician level of various Specialty Rescue disciplines, as well as Incident Command and Task Force Leader.  I feel extremely humbled and blessed to be elevated to a position that I can continue to serve our community and visitors with a great team of professionals,” Assistant Chief Castle said.

David McGlamery is a 14 year veteran of the Fire Department serving most recently as a Captain. Hired in 2004 as a firefighter/EMT, David has been promoted through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He has also served as Accreditation Manager of the Department, leading the team to successful accreditation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence - Commission on Fire Accreditation International. David is certified as a Fire Instructor I, Fire Inspector I, Fire Officer III, Hazardous Materials Specialist, and Advanced EMT. David has experience in Public Education, Fire Investigations, and Administration.  “We are excited as a group to be working together in continuing the professional service the citizens of Bristol deserve.   Tommy, Mike, and I started in the volunteer fire service in different departments years ago, and now we get the opportunity as a team to utilize and pass on some of the great knowledge and experience we have gained from our mentors,”  Stated Assistant Chief McGlamery.

Chief Mike Carrier said of the appointments, “I am pleased to welcome both Tommy and David to their new positions, as we move the services of the department to the next level preparing for the future.  Both possess unique skill sets which complement their experience and knowledge, and which will be valuable to our community.”

For more information on the appointments please contact Chief Mike Carrier at or call 423-989-5701.

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