Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee

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Haywood County
1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012

Emergency Services

Central Dispatch

Kyle East, 911 Communication Center Supervisor

Kyle East was appointed to the position of Brownsville-Haywood County 911 Communications Center Supervisor in 2010. He comes to this position with five years’ experience of dispatching in Crockett County where he also served as the communications training officer there. He also worked as a paramedic with the Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority since 2007.

Central dispatch was established in 1991 as one of Tennessee’s few consolidated dispatch centers. This center is a joint venture between Haywood County, the city of Brownsville and the 911 emergency communication district. As a consolidated center, we dispatch police, sheriff deputies, fire and ambulance for the entire county, as well as, monitor the 911 phones for all calls for service. The mission statement for the dispatch center is as follows:

To provide prompt, efficient all-inclusive Emergency Services to the best of our ability; to serve the public with fairness and professional conduct.

Board Members
Central dispatch is governed by a nine-member board. (See Boards and Commissions.) These members are made up of the head of the departments we dispatch for as well as one private citizen appointed by the city mayor and one private citizen appointed by the county mayor.

The State of Tennessee, under Tennessee Code Annotated 7-86-201, has established strict guidelines that all dispatchers must meet before being employed. This law states that all such persons shall: (1) Be at least eighteen (18) years of age; (2) Be a citizen of the United States; (3) Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency; (4) Not have been convicted or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances; (5) Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable or medical discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States; (6) Have such person’s fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; (7) Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician; and (8) Have good moral character as determined by a through investigation conducted by the employing agency. Our county went a step further and raised the minimum required age for dispatchers to [21] years of age.

Each dispatcher must also attend a 40 hour course in TIES (Tennessee Information Enforcement System) techniques given in Nashville at the TBI building, before being allowed to dispatch without a trainer.

Central Dispatch is a 24/7 operation, divided into three shifts of dedicated dispatchers. There are always two operators available, on each shift every day, to protect the general public. With a grant from the State of Tennessee, our dispatch center is now fully automated. All operators have been trained on our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system. All calls that are received by our 911 center, whether landline or wireless, are mapped on our state-of-the-art mapping system, that allows us to virtually see where all 911 calls are originating from and allows for faster response times to all incidents. Central Dispatch is looking forward into moving into a Brand New Facility toward the end of 2010.
Each dispatcher must also attend a 40 hour course in TIES (Tennessee Information Enforcement System) techniques given in Nashville at the TBI building, 40 hour Basic public safety telecommunicator course in Bell Buckle, TN within 6mths of employment, and 8hrs CPR-AED Healthcare Provider Certifed after employment.

Dispatchers are also required to receive approx 16hrs annually after the first year of employment.
Kyle East
Haywood County 911 & Central Dispatch Director
P.O. Box 449
Brownsville, TN 38012
731-772-7065 / Fax:731


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Robert Parks, EMA Director
111 N. Washington Ave.
Brownsville, TN 38012

Bob Parks, EMA DirectorThe Haywood County Emergency Management Agency was formed under the direction of Mayor Joe Taylor in the late 1970s.

The responsibilities and duties of the agency and its director are:

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 Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority
Jimmy Studdard, Director

Jimmy Studdard, Director

Donnie King, Assistant Director

Donnie King, Assistant Director

Jimmy Studdard, Director
1601 Welch Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
731-772-4979 or 772-9846
Emergency number: 911 or 731-772-4141

The Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority had its beginnings over 25 years ago when the state regulated the EMS system. The Ambulance Authority had two Cadillac hearse-style ambulances originally used by the Brownsville Funeral Home when it ran the service. During the early EMS days, patients were transported to the hospital as quickly as possible. In 1973, people were trained for three months in advanced first aid. Also in 1973, the authority placed into service two new 1973 Ford Type I ambulances, one purchased by the county, the other by a private citizen. Having obtained the stocked ambulances and running three shifts of trained personnel, the call volume increased to about 20 calls per month.

In 1976, Haywood County sent its first two EMTs to Shelby State Community College in Memphis to paramedic school, where they were trained to administer certain drugs, interpret heart rhythms and start IVs.

Under the direction of Jimmy Studdard, who has been with the authority for 36 years, the Ambulance Authority was classified as a Class A service by the State of Tennessee. The Brownsville-Haywood County Ambulance Authority currently has 20 full-time employees, 12 part-time employees, four ambulances and Hospital Wings in the same complex at 1601 Welch Street in Brownsville.

Donnie King, with more than 31 years of service, serves as assistant director, and Cherrie Poole, office manager. Staff members, with more than 100 years of combined service, include Paramedics – Bill Freeman, Steven Turner, David Smith, Chris Milton, Max Green, David Binford, Donna Conley, Dale Garrison, Brandon McGowan, Kevin Brogdon, Mark McCormick, B. J. Bates and Kyle East. EMTs with more than 80 years of combined service include Jennifer Jones, Dale Ledford, Steve Laster, James Waldrop, Bill Sullivan, Jeff Russell, Aaron Carl, Ana Williams, Jack Santos, Alan Whitby, Dustin McKeel, Jere Wright, Roderick Brown and J. P. Moses.

With three shifts, the Ambulance Authority operates four ambulances, one basic life support and three advanced life support units. The advanced units run emergency calls and are stocked with advanced monitoring equipment. The basic EMT-IV training currently takes one year. Paramedic training is currently an additional year of intense training with more invasive life-saving techniques which can make the difference between life and death. The call volume now runs in excess of 250 calls per month. The Authority also uses the services of about 60 trained First Responders in the community.

In addition to emergency medical care, the authority also offers several community services: First Responder classes, CPR classes, Health Fairs and lectures, blood pressure checks, and public service assistance for falls, and assisting with loading into and unloading patients from vehicles.

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Rescue Squad

Rescue SquadThe Rescue Squad was formed in 1974 under the guidance of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department until the Emergency Management Agency was formed under Mayor Joe Taylor with the help of Ray Ellington in the late 1970s. Today it remains under the umbrella of the EMA.

The Rescue Squad started with the following equipment: Command Post, five support vehicles, three four wheelers, one six wheeler and four boats, in addition to other emergency equipment such as chain saws, generators, etc., and it has increased and upgraded its equipment over the years. Members of the Rescue Squad serve on a volunteer basis, and there are about 43 members now, all from the Brownsville-Haywood County area. Leading the group is Captain Frank Fawcett . They meet every Tuesday night to perform maintenance duties on their equipment.

The squad is the search and rescue team for all of Haywood County and surrounding areas, and it also responds to mutual aide calls from neighboring areas and communities. These volunteers are some of the first to respond when there is severe weather that causes flooding and other natural disasters. They work with city and county officials and both law enforcement agencies in the community. They are the first to respond to calls from these agencies when roads need clearing. Some members are certified First Responders and EMTs.

The squad also volunteers to help with a number of community events, and for about 20 years, its members organize and coordinate the annual Christmas parade the first Saturday in December.

Current members are Frank Fawcett, Steven Reagan, Cyndi Reeder, Tom Taylor, John Posey, Darlene Hasler, Jason Ellington, Bill Reeder, Chris Reeder, Joe Welle, Brian King, Harmon Lewis, Carson Whittamore, Drew McGruder, Daniel Thornton, Dwayne Duncan, Adam Smith, Jerry Curtis, Donn Self, Harold Murphy, Brandon Carter, Sarah Gilmore, Cassandra Reeder, Pat Posey, Vicky Fawcett, Kim Whittamore, Julie Miller, Brigett Campbell and Stacy Duncan.

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