John D. Gitchell, now serving as Battalion Chief in District-2, which includes Station-5, Station-6, and fire station-7. Just some of his duties are Hose Testing, Ladder Testing, Pump Testing and Phone and Intercom Systems.
Battalion Chief Gitchell was promoted to this position in November 2008. He has been employed with the Jackson Fire Department for nearly 30 years.
The most important part of his job as Battalion Chief is to ensure the highest level of trained personnel to fulfill the department’s tactical objectives Life Safety, Property Conservation and Incident Stabilization.
Battalion Chief Gitchell holds certifications from the Tennessee Commission of Fire Fighting up to the level of Fire Officer II. He also has
Haz-Mat Technicians, Low and High Angle Rescue, Confine Space Entry, Advanced Extrication, and a member of the USAR`S Regional Response Team.
He and his wife attend Mercer Baptist Church in Mercer Tennessee, and enjoy sharing Gods word to others.